Infants Who Look Good at Birth May Have Problems Related to Zika virus

Check if your Baby has the not-too-obvious Zika virus

The Zika virus is a mosquito borne infection that mainly occurs in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Mostly it doesn’t show any symptoms, while sometimes the infection shows mild fever, rash, muscle pain, headache, red eyes etc. Zika virus infection during pregnancy is also connected with miscarriage and can cause microcephaly i.e. a fatal congenital brain disorder. Zika virus can also cause a neurological disorder like Guillain-Barre syndrome. It is also proved that infants who look good at birth may have problems related to Zika virus.

 

What is a Zika Virus?

Zika is that virus which a person can catch by infected Aedes mosquito bite. The alarming issue with Zika is its effect on unborn babies. In pregnant women, the virus can cause miscarriages, stillborn babies, or babies with birth defects. One serious birth defect caused by Zika is microcephaly. In microcephaly, a baby’s brain and skull don’t grow and develop properly, so the baby will have severe developmental problems.

Zika virus infection in women during pregnancy can cause infants to be born with several congenital malformations, known as congenital Zika syndrome. Infection with Zika virus is also associated with other complications of pregnancy including preterm birth and miscarriage. An increased risk of neurological problem is connected with Zika virus infection in babies, including Guillain-Barre syndrome, neuropathy and myelitis.

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