New Study Shows Zika Causes More Brain Damage Than Just Microcephaly

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A new study, published Tuesday, shows how Zika infects and attacks babies’ brains. The New York Times writes that the study of the 45 Brazilian babies, whose mothers contracted the virus during their pregnancy, is the most comprehensive yet. According to The Times, the impact is even more severe than just developing microcephaly, which is characterized by a smaller brain size. Other than microcephaly, many of the babies in the study also suffered damage to the cerebellum and to other important parts of the brain that control thinking and emotion. “It’s not just the small brain, it’s that there’s a lot more damage,” said Dr. Deborah Levine, one of the study’s authors. “The abnormalities that we see in the brain suggest a very early disruption of the brain development process.” Three of the babies who were studied died within three days of birth.

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SOURCE: The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet