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Zika Virus

New data released by the CDC this week looks at long-term effects of exposure to the Zika virus on children. Many who did not experience initial birth defects have now developed secondary issues, including hearing problems, difficulties swallowing and cerebral palsy-type movement impairment.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Andrew Joseph (@DrewQJoseph), reporter with our partners at STAT, the health and medicine publication.

Texas Biomedical Research Institute

A new study has published alarming findings about the effect of the Zika virus on a pregnancy. More than a quarter of the pregnancies in primates infected with Zika in the first trimester resulted in miscarriages or stillbirths.

Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Scientists at Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio are using a type of primate to help prevent birth defects caused by the Zika virus.

Two years ago, when the Zika virus was first identified as the cause of microcephaly in babies, women were scared. Expectant mothers who got infected had no idea what the chances were of having a healthy baby.

Researchers have since learned that while Zika infection is dangerous, about 94 percent of babies born to women infected with Zika appear to be normal at birth.

After the Zika virus turned up in Brazil two years ago, hundreds of babies were born with severe brain damage and underdeveloped skulls — a birth defect known as microcephaly.

The reports of microcephaly terrified pregnant women and prompted Brazil to declare a national health emergency.

But researchers in the central Brazilian state of Sao Paulo now say that Zika may be more likely to produce a miscarriage than a baby with a smaller than normal head.