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Severe eye damage in infants with microcephaly is presumed to be due to Zika virus

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i855 (Published 10 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i855
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

A Brazilian study of 29 infants with microcephaly and a presumed diagnosis of congenital Zika virus infection has found that a third had vision threatening eye damage.

In the study Rubens Belfort, of the Federal University of São Paulo, and colleagues examined infants born with microcephaly after a severe outbreak of Zika virus infections in Salvador, in the northeastern state of Bahia.1

All of the infants had a head circumference of 32 cm or less at birth. Of their mothers, 23 (79.9%) had signs and symptoms consistent with Zika …

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