- Confirmation of link between microcephaly and Zika
- Questions remain unanswered
- Report could refocus efforts on a vaccine
After weeks of study and debate, US health officials have confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus causes birth defects including microcephaly. That’s the syndrome where children are born with unusually small heads. The confirmation comes after hundreds of cases in the Americas were recorded last year.
Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, Director, Division of Public Health Information Dissemination at CDC said in her opinion the confirmation of a link is helpful:
“I think it really helps us by being able to say that Zika causes, or is a cause, of microcephaly and serious brain defects that we can be more clear in our messaging and we can really focus our research into the important, remaining questions.”