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AMD in action : CDC scientists use AMD methods to develop diagnostic tools for Zika virus
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    Updated: April 2016

    Almost directly on the heels of the chikungunya virus, the Western Hemisphere faces a new mosquito-borne threat – Zika Virus. And this virus appears to bring tragic consequences for some babies – microcephaly, a devastating birth defect in which a baby’s head is smaller than expected.

    As of early February 2016, investigators have confirmed Zika virus in babies born in Brazil with microcephaly and poor pregnancy outcomes. Scientists are working to better characterize this relationship. Specifically, they want to determine what role the virus plays in microcephaly and whether additional factors (such as nutrition or exposure to other microorganisms) contribute to birth defects and other poor pregnancy outcomes. CDC will continue to use AMD methods to study Zika and its possible links to health outcomes.


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