Eye abnormality associated with Zika virus

Eye abnormality associated with Zika virus

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Doctors are reporting another abnormality that may be associated with Zika virus exposure to unborn babies.

In the just-released report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, doctors say some babies in Brazil born with abnormally small heads, also have vision-threatening eye abnormalities.

Dr. Rubens Belfort, Jr., of the Federal University and coauthors looked at the eye exams of 29 babies with microcephaly, a condition associated with abnormally small heads, with a presumed diagnosis of Zika virus exposure in the womb.

Abnormalities of the eye were found in ten of the babies, or just over 34 percent.

Brazil has experienced a Zika virus epidemic since April, 2015, and six months after the outbreak, doctors noted a twenty-fold increase in babies with microcephaly.

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