PAHO/WHO updates the characterization of Zika Congenital Syndrome

An Article by PAHO/WHO
July 22, 2016

Washington, 22 July 2016 (PAHO/WHO) — The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has updated its preliminary characterization of Zika Congenital Syndrome, after an international meeting in Pernambuco.

The event gathered scientists from Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, the United States, PAHO and WHO to investigate the details of Zika virus infection and its effects on the child. The update aims to contribute to improvement of the care provided in health services in the affected regions.

PAHO/WHO is leading a process to gather and review more evidence to clearly define these effects and will update its description as further evidence is produced.

In addition to previously known signs, such as microcephaly and some brain abnormalities described earlier, other aspects characterizing the Zika Congenital Syndrome have been identified.

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