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Zika may be even more damaging to infants’ brains than we originally thought


There’s still a lot we don’t know about how Zika affects babies whose mothers contracted the virus while they were pregnant.

But a new study published Tuesday in the journal Radiology gives a glimpse of what babies’ brains look like right toward the end of the pregnancy, as well as after the babies are born.

It’s the most complete series of brain scans and ultrasound images of babies infected with the Zika virus, and the intent is to share the images to show all the ways Zika manifests in the brain, and what doctors should look for.

One thing the study makes clear is that the effect the virus has on infants’ brains is complex and varied — and likely does not stop with the microcephaly that Zika has been known for. The scans suggest that some of the cognitive issues that Zika may trigger could show up much later than microcephaly, which is characterized by an abnormally small head and can be diagnosed right at birth. – READ MORE

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