Transcript for Zika Virus May Cause Issues for Developing Newborns
Serious concerns in the weather department this week. Also serious concerns about the zika virus. It can cause a variety of problems for developing babies at any stage of pregnancy. Not just the beginning. That's right. There are at least 192 reported cases in 32 states and Washington. And ABC news chief women's health correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton joins us now. The study changes the way we're thinking about this. Should expectant mom bs worried? Think everyone is concerned. Pregnant women and obstetricians and health officials. Still more questions than answers at this point. This study was in the new England journal of medicine. Followed 88 pregnant women in Brazil. Most of them had symptoms and went on to test positive. The findings were concerning. Two suffered first trimester miscarriages. Two suffered third trimester fetal death. 30% had abnormal ultrasounds. This study indicated zika can affect women in all stages of pregnancy. It suggested there is a compromised function of the placenta, which then affects the fetus. We need to emphasize, this is association, observation. We haven't proven cause and effect. But this was a big study. Devastating for those families. Advice is now, if you're worried, you have been exposed, have ultrasounds. Deeper dive on those. When we do ultrasounds in pregnancy, we're not looking at one point in time. We're doing that, making observations. We're following that fetus over time to compare changes. We're looking at the size of the baby, with respect to the dates that the mom is in her pregnancy and we're seeing if the baby stays along the growth curve. We're measuring the circumference of the fetal head. We're doing doppler studies that look that the flow in the baby's brain and the umbilical flow. We're lucky to have your guidance on a story affecting a lot of people. Thank you. For the other headlines, to
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