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Birth defect rate pegged at 7 percent for babies born to Zika-infected women

19:19 EDT 14 Mar 2018 | Topix

A pregnant woman who becomes ill from the Zika virus faces a 7 percent chance that her child will be born with birth defects, and that risk jumps to nearly 13 percent if she becomes ill during the first trimester, a new study conducted in French territories in the Americas has concluded. The finding "emphasizes the serious global health threat to pregnant women and their infants posed by congenital infection," said Dr. Margaret Honein of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, writing in an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, where the study appears.

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