Zika Testing Is Urged for Some Newborns

January 27, 2016 12:01 AM

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Zika Testing Is Urged for Some Newborns

Newborns should be tested for infection with the Zika virus if their mothers have visited or lived in any country experiencing an outbreak and if the mothers’ own tests are positive or inconclusive, federal health officials said Tuesday.

The reason for testing these infants is that infection with the Zika virus could be linked to defects in vision and hearing, among other abnormalities, even if the child does not suffer brain damage and an unusually small head, called microcephaly, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Pr...

Also read: Florida No Longer an Active Zika Zone, Officials Say

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