What is congenital Zika syndrome?

March of Dimes
Congenital Zika syndrome is a group of health conditions present at birth associated with Zika infection during pregnancy. Congenital Zika syndrome includes birth defects (like microcephaly) and other health and development problems. Microcephaly is a birth defect in which a baby’s head is smaller than expected, compared to babies of the same sex and age.

Babies with congenital Zika syndrome need special medical care from a team of healthcare providers and other specialists. The best way to protect your baby from congenital Zika syndrome is to protect yourself from Zika infection before and during pregnancy. Learn more at: marchofdimes.org/congenitalzikasyndrome

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Zika Virus

Zika Virus

Zika virus is a tropical disease that is spread by Aedes species of mosquitoes. Until 2015, the virus was limited to small outbreaks in regions of Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands. Mosquitoes can pick up the virus by biting an ...

n infected person, and then transmit it to someone else they bite later. The virus doesn’t generally spread from person to person directly, though sexual transmission is possible.

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