In a study in Brazil, Zika virus infection in pregnant women was linked to below-average neurologic development in 32% of their children up to age 3, even though few of the infants had microcephaly, one of the hallmarks of Zika infection.

The study focused on 216 offspring of Zika-infected pregnant women who were identified during an epidemic in Rio de Janeiro in 2015 and 2016, according to a letter published yesterday in Nature Medicine. It was authored by researchers from the University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA) and colleagues from Brazil, Austria, and Germany.

Neurologic, eye, hearing problems

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