New images detail how Zika attacks developing brains

August 23, 2016 6:24 PM

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New images detail how Zika attacks developing brains

A new report detailing the potential dangers that Zika poses to an unborn child reveals that the virus appears to be most harmful when transmitted from a pregnant mother to her fetus during the first trimester of pregnancy. The report, published Tuesday in the journal Radiology, found that transmission of Zika virus during the first trimester increases the likelihood of severe brain defects in the baby, including microcephaly.

“The first trimester is the time where infection seems to be riskiest for the pregnancy,” said study coauthor Dr. Deborah Levine, the director of Obstetric & Gynecologic Ultrasound at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, according to ...

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