Brazilian babies born with Zika virus syndrome at greater risk of death in first three years of life than those born without (LSHTM)

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) News Brazil HNN Team

This article was originally published by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).  New study highlights urgent need for women of childbearing age to be protected from bites, and early intervention to improve babies’ chances of survival. Babies born with congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), due to infection with the Zika virus during pregnancy, are … Continued

Infected travelers reveal Cuba’s ‘hidden’ Zika outbreak

Science HNN Team

This article was originally published in Science here. By Jon Cohen As Zika virus raced through the Americas and the Caribbean in 2015 and 2016, it infected an estimated 800,000 people and left nearly 4000 newborns with serious brain damage. But by mid-2017, the virus had all but disappeared from the region—or so it seemed. … Continued

Zika virus can trigger epilepsy

HNN Team

Beyond its known links to birth defects and other problems, the Zika virus may also trigger cases of epilepsy in infants, warn experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among 48 babies from Brazil with probable congenital Zika infection, “50 percent reportedly had clinical seizures,” said Dr. Daniel Pastula, Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp … Continued

How the Zika virus affects an infant’s brain

The Washington Post HNN Team

August 24, 2016 2:46 PM EDT – Doctors confirmed the link between the Zika virus and microcephaly in April. While the most visible sign of microcephaly is the small size of the head, its actually inside the brain where the most damage occurs. (Whitney Leaming, Julio Negron / The Washington Post)