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Certain Birth Defects Are On The Rise Since Zika Arrived In The U.S.

Certain birth defects were 20 times more prevalent in babies born to Zika virus–infected mothers in the U.S. in 2016 than they were before the virus cropped up in the United States, a CDC study suggests. The finding strengthens the evidence that a mother’s Zika infection during pregnancy raises her baby’s risk of microcephaly and other brain malformations. The study examined data collected through birth defect surveillance programs in several states in 2013 and 2014.
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