CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report
About 1 in 7 babies had health problems possibly caused by Zika: New data underscore continued need for follow-up care of babies exposed to Zika before birth
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Contact: CDC Media Relations
According to the latest Vital Signs report, about 14 percent of babies (1 in 7) exposed to Zika virus before birth had one or more health problems possibly caused by Zika among 1,450 infants who were at least one year old and had any follow up reported. Some problems were not apparent at birth and were identified as the babies grew older. The health problems included Zika-associated birth defects such as small head size, brain damage, and eye damage, and nervous system problems, such as seizures and problems with vision and hearing.
The analysis is based on data from 4,800 pregnancies that occurred between 2016 and 2018 in U.S. territories with laboratory evidence of confirmed or possible Zika virus infection. The 1,450 babies analyzed from this group were 1 year old by February 2018 and had follow-up reported.
This issue of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also includes updated CDC guidance for couples planning to become pregnant after possible exposure to Zika virus.
CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD
Peggy Honein, PhD, MPH, director of CDC’s Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders
Lyle R. Petersen, MD, MPH, director of CDC’s Division of Vector Borne Infectious Diseases
Tuesday, August 7, at 12:00 p.m. ET
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