Another Zika Illness

Another serious medical condition may have possible links to the mosquito borne Zika virus currently affecting the island.

According to the US based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, a small number of babies infected with Zika in the womb have developed a rare birth defect involving muscle weakness and stiff joints.

The report suggests that this birth defect called arthrogryposis, is linked with Zika infection during pregnancy, adding to the list of health problems tied to the virus.

Zika infection during pregnancy has already been found to cause the birth defect microcephaly, where babies are born with small heads and possible brain damage.

The virus has also been linked to eye problems, hearing loss and impaired growth in babies.

The virus has also been linked to a debilitating nerve condition called Guillain-Barré Syndrome, GBS.

Researchers are now referring to the range of health problems linked to the Zika virus infection in the womb as congenital Zika syndrome.

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