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Zika-Linked Birth Defects More Severe Than Previously Thought, UCLA Researchers Finds

December 20, 2016

(Managed Care Magazine) – A study led by investigators at the University of California, Los Angeles, has found that Zika-linked abnormalities that occur in human fetuses are more extensive—and more severe—than previously thought, with 46% of 125 pregnancies among Zika-infected women resulting in birth defects in newborns or ending in fetal death. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest that damage during fetal development from the mosquito-borne virus can occur throughout pregnancy and that other birth defects are more common than microcephaly.

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