Zika Outbreak: 5 Facts You Need to Know

2) The Side Effects of the Zika Virus in Babies                       (2 of 5)

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2) The Side Effects of the Zika Virus in Babies                       (2 of 5)

 

Zika virus infects pregnant women through a mosquito’s bite carrying the disease. Pregnant women can transfer the disease to their fetus at delivery or during pregnancy. Children who contracted the disease from their mothers at birth can develop microcephaly.

A baby diagnosed with microcephaly may have an abnormally small head, resulting in a congenital condition where their brain does not fully develop. Additionally, they may suffer from eye defects, impaired growth, and hearing loss.

A woman who is not pregnant and falls ill with the virus will not pass the virus to her child when she conceives. According to doctors, they believe that by removing all traces of the virus from the blood, the fetus should remain uninfected.

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