Zika congenital syndrome: are we under-estimating the full extent of the problem?

This is the second of a three-part series on Zika's effects during pregnancy.    In the first part, I introduced ‘congenital Zika syndrome’ and described how Zika is responsible for a lot more than just microcephaly.   In this post I will explain why we may be under-estimating the full extent of the problem. Zika infection … Continue reading Zika congenital syndrome: are we under-estimating the full extent of the problem?

Zika and its effects on babies: microcephaly and ‘congenital Zika syndrome’

The initial conern over Zika arose when it was suspected to cause a birth defect called 'microcephaly' (small brain). It has since been shown that Zika causes a far wider range of problems in the newborn than just microcephaly. In this article I discuss the range of defects caused by the Zika virus and put them in the context of the other causes of birth defects that we know about.