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CDC: 1% to 13% of Zika-Infected Babies Could Have Microcephaly

May 26, 2016

(USA Today) – A fetus infected with the Zika virus during the first three months of pregnancy has about a 1% to 13% risk of developing microcephaly, an abnormally small head usually caused by incomplete brain development, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC created a mathematical estimate of the microcephaly risk, based on reports from French Polynesia, which experienced a Zika outbreak from 2013 to 2013, as well as in the Brazilian state of Bahia, where Zika cases have been diagnosed since last year.

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