Living With Zika: Update

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Zika Virus continues to be transmitted throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. Some Zika associated birth defects may have genetic or other causes. Therefore it is important to know the prevalence of birth defects in the population prior to the spread of Zika in 2016. Scientists from the CDC collected data on birth defects in the years 2013-2014 for 747 infants and fetuses. They found the prevalence of birth defects to be less than 3 in 1000. Since the spread of Zika, the CDC has been tracking the outcomes for pregnant women who had a positive laboratory diagnosis for Zika during pregnancy. Of the 442 pregnancies monitored, 26 (6%) had birth defects that have been associated with Zika. Zika increase the rate of birth defects 20 fold. These birth defects include a number of microcephaly and other neurological abnormalities.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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