Zika: Check All Potentially Exposed Infants for Eye Damage

Source: Medscape

New research suggests that all infants with possible maternal Zika virus exposure should undergo eye exams regardless of timing of exposure, laboratory confirmation, or whether they have central nervous system abnormalities.

According to the report in Medscape, eye abnormalities may be the only initial sign of congenital Zika virus infection, which is important because some guidelines recommend eye exams only if babies have microcephaly or laboratory confirmation of the virus.

Andrea A. Zin, MD, PhD, from the Departamento de Pesquisa Clinica, Instituto Nacional de Saúde da Mulher, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and colleagues report their findings in an article published online July 17 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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