• Tom Frieden, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that federal officials "don't yet consider [Zika] a definitive causal link" to microcephaly, but that epidemiological and laboratory data "strongly suggest a link between microcephaly and Zika in pregnancy. (medscape.com)
  • In the other 13 cases, authorities have not established a link to microcephaly although the number may indicate Zika is more widespread in Haiti than previously thought. (reuters.com)
  • The preliminary findings of the study conclude the microcephaly epidemic in newborns is a result of Zika virus infection in pregnancy, but questions remain. (medicalnewstoday.com)
  • The result confirms what many scientists were already convinced of because of the strong link between Zika virus infection in pregnancy and microcephaly in newborns. (medicalnewstoday.com)
  • Microcephaly is the underdevelopment of an infant's head, brain or both that usually occurs during pregnancy but can also occur shortly after birth. (cnn.com)
  • Drugs, alcohol and exposure to some chemicals during pregnancy can also contribute to an embryo suffering from microcephaly. (cnn.com)
  • Doctors have already established that the Zika virus has been present in blood, tissue, and amniotic fluid samples of early-pregnancy miscarriages and the brains of newborns with microcephaly, and new evidence is being reported weekly. (slate.com)
  • Researchers said they don't know how Zika infection during pregnancy can lead to an infant developing microcephaly after birth. (chicagotribune.com)
  • [ 5 ] Two large population-based studies have found similar incidences of microcephaly in newborns: 0.56% and 0.54%, respectively. (medscape.com)
  • Microcephaly is broadly defined as a small head size, typically greater than two standard deviations below normal, as measured via occipital frontal circumference, a method by which a tape measure is used to assess the circumference encompassing the occiput and frontal bones (forehead). (medscape.com)
  • I had never heard of microcephaly and was unaware that our baby's head was even considered small (or that a small head size would be a problem, for that matter). (parents.com)
  • Microcephaly is a head size (measured as the distance around the top of the head) significantly below the median for the infant's age and sex. (northside.com)
  • A form of microcephaly, a disease defined as a head circumference more than 3 standard deviations below the age, sex and ethnically matched mean. (uniprot.org)
  • Microcephaly is a condition in which a newborn baby has a much smaller head circumference than expected for the average infant at the same stage of development. (news-medical.net)
  • However, the size of head in children affected by microcephaly differs across nations. (news-medical.net)
  • Microcephaly is a condition in which a baby's head is much smaller than normal for an infant of that age. (chop.edu)
  • Lisa Koltay, of St. Petersburg, Florida, has spent 18 years wondering why her son Daryle was diagnosed with microcephaly , a rare birth defect causing small head-size and incomplete brain development. (people.com)
  • Microcephaly is a condition in which a person's head size is much smaller than that of others of the same age and sex. (floridahealthfinder.gov)
  • All 13 showed a slowdown in head growth, and in 11 babies, that decline had slowed to the point where it met the definition of microcephaly, Moore said. (chicagotribune.com)
  • As many as 4,000 babies born with microcephaly in the South American country drew immediate attention from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, who designated Zika "a public health emergency of international concern. (people.com)
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it conducted the laboratory test that confirmed the microcephaly diagnosis. (wxyz.com)
  • Disease specialists suspect that a microcephaly outbreak in French Polynesia two years may be linked to Zika. (slate.com)
  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rico on Friday announced its first Zika-related microcephaly case as concerns grow over an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the U.S. territory. (wxyz.com)
  • State birth defects tracking systems have estimated that microcephaly ranges from 2 babies per 10,000 live births to about 12 babies per 10,000 live births in the Unites States. (medscape.com)
  • Health Secretary Ana Rius said a fetus turned over by an unidentified woman to U.S. health officials had severe microcephaly and tested positive for Zika. (wxyz.com)
  • The etiology of microcephaly can be broadly divided into two categories: premature fusion of cranial sutures (i.e., craniosynostosis) or poor brain growth. (medscape.com)
  • Microcephaly is a condition characterized by a baby's brain growth slowing down or stopping in the womb, or, after delivery. (ssmhealth.com)
  • The country's government points out that the chemical has been deemed safe by the WHO at the recommended levels in drinking water-it's also approved for use in Europe and the United States, though not in drinking water -and that there have also been outbreaks of microcephaly in regions where the pesticide is not used. (slate.com)