August 30, 2016
(UPI) – In yet another example of the damage that maternal Zika infection can inflict on a fetus during the early months of pregnancy, a new report suggests that close to 6 percent of these babies may also experience hearing loss. The most common and devastating birth defect seen so far has been microcephaly, a condition where the head and brain are abnormally small. Vision problems and malformed joints have also been documented recently. But researchers in Brazil wanted to track the prevalence of hearing loss among newborns with Zika-related microcephaly.
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