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How Are Zika Patients Recovering?

August 18, 2022 • 8:28 am CDT
U.S. CDC
(Zika News)

The Zika virus outbreak in 2015 and 2016 left many children worldwide with devastating brain damage. The New York Times reported on August 16, 2022, how families and researchers find potential cures in the shadow of the COVId-19 pandemic.

About 25% of infected people may develop symptoms, but the illness is usually mild, with symptoms lasting between two and seven days.

However, there is scientific consensus that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, says the WHO/PAHO.

Microcephaly is a condition where a baby’s head is much smaller than expected.

During pregnancy, a baby’s head grows because the baby’s brain develops, says the U.S. CDC.

Microcephaly can occur because a baby’s brain has not developed properly during pregnancy or has stopped growing after birth, which results in smaller head size.

Furthermore, microcephaly can be an isolated condition, meaning that it can occur with no other significant congenital disabilities or in combination with other major birth defects.

And severe microcephaly is a more serious, extreme form of this condition where a baby’s head is much smaller than expected.

Severe microcephaly can result because a baby’s brain has not developed properly during pregnancy, or the brain started to develop correctly and then was damaged at some point during pregnancy.

As of August 17, 2022, there are no U.S. FDA-approved Zika vaccines.

However, several vaccine candidates are conducting clinical trials listed on this Zika News webpage.

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