By Dennis Thompson
TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — About 14 percent of babies born in U.S. territories to women infected with Zika have health problems that may be related to the virus, federal officials reported Tuesday.
The babies either had a Zika-associated birth defect or a neurodevelopmental abnormality possibly caused by Zika infection in the womb, researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
One in seven toddlers exposed to Zika during pregnancy may have related health problems, said study senior author Peggy Honein, director of CDC’s Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders.
These included 6 percent who had one or more Zika-related birth defects. Honein said that is “over 30 times higher than the baseline for these brain and eye defects in the absence of Zika during pregnancy.”