My first reaction was to hide because i was scared that people would look at him with pity said germana soares gleyse s friend and the mother of a 3 year old boy with congenital zika syndrome. Zika appears to stay in the bodies of developing babies doing damage over weeks and months.
Doctors are following their development closely to learn more about how zika might affect children as they grow.
Zika babies now. But there were reports of zika infections in florida and texas in 2016 and 2017 according to the u s. Zika is a virus spread primarily by mosquitoes and sexual transmission. However if an infection occurs during pregnancy the virus can spread to the baby and result in severe birth defects including microcephaly an abnormally small head and brain malformations.
The world met the zika babies of brazil. For most an infection is quite mild causing minor or no symptoms. Right now there is no known transmission of zika virus in the united states.
It may also stay in the brain after birth or at least continue to affect brain development the. Of the 82 babies delivered by the women 77 were born with no sign of congenital zika syndrome a group of birth defects that includes severe brain abnormalities eye problems and smaller than. Of the pregnant people infected with zika virus studies show that just 5 14 give birth to children with signs of congenital zika syndrome which can cause developmental issues with their brains.
But what has happened to those children. A new report released by the us centers for disease control and prevention followed 19 babies who were born with microcephaly and were confirmed to have had zika infections. Gaby was the first baby born with zika related disabilities in her small town in paraíba state.
Carol held gaby in her arms as she recounted the story of her pregnancy and gaby s first months. The kids now between the ages of 19 months and two years continue to face massive developmental problems researchers say. T wo years ago at this time heart stopping pictures of infants with shrunken heads began appear in the news.
A december 2017 study from the cdc detailed how the first generation of babies born with the zika virus is now turning two entering the age of toddlerhood.