Two New Studies Confirm The Worst About The Zika Virus
Scientists have linked the Zika virus to severe birth defects, both in the lab and out in the wild.By Cliff Judy, Matt Picht | March 4, 2016
Several new studies have corroborated what the medical community has feared — but expected — for some time. It does appear the Zika virus causes severe birth defects.
The information was based on two studies published Friday — one from the U.S. may have identified how the virus causes microcephaly. Researchers set the virus loose on isolated stem cells and found that Zika selectively targeted cells necessary for brain growth and development.
Another from U.S. and Brazilian researchers found Zika infection during pregnancy is likely connected to “grave” outcomes for the babies. That study looked at sonograms from pregnant women who tested positive for Zika, and it found nearly a third of the pregnancies had serious abnormalities.