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Zika virus may be linked to several birth defects, expert warns

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 03 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1322
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

The Zika virus may be linked to other congenital malformations, not just microcephaly, a Brazilian public health expert has warned.

Paulo Buss, director of the global health centre at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, told a press conference that scientists were still not “aware of all the consequences” of infection with the virus. “The extent to which the epidemic will affect pregnant mothers is not known, nor what the outcome of their babies will be,” he said. “Other manifestations may emerge.”

Buss said that initial findings from a cohort of pregnant women being studied showed that the virus, spread by the Aedes …

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