Women with Zika in Tahiti had 1 percent birth defects risk

March 16, 2016 12:22 AM

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LONDON — Women who got pregnant during a Zika outbreak in Tahiti two years ago had about a 1 percent chance of having a baby with an abnormally small head, according to a new study published Tuesday. It’s a surprisingly low risk that experts say might not match the threat of the epidemic now spreading explosively in the Americas.

The World Health Organization declared Zika to be a global emergency last month, based on suspicions it is causing a spike in a worrying birth defect known as microcephaly as well as a rare condition that sometimes results in temporary paralysis.

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