Microcephaly is a rare congenital defect where the circumference of an infants head is smaller than average. The cause is unknown and the risk factors and symptoms of microcephaly are wide ranging. One risk factor is exposure during pregnancy to viruses such as the Zika virus.. A recent study was conducted on infants who were born with Zika virus Microcephaly following the Zika outbreak in Brazil. The researchers conducted MRI scans and developmental testing. Then an algorithm to predict behavioral outcomes of Zika Virus Microcephaly was successfully created. This research will benefit caretakers of infants with Zika virus Microcephaly by allowing them to prepare to provide for their child's unique needs.
Wind, Eleanor J.
"Zika Virus Microcephaly: Predicting the Symptoms of Microcephaly so Families can Prepare,"
Mako: NSU Undergraduate Student Journal: Vol. 2024, Article 5.
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