Richard Beigi, MD, remarks on what a new recent case report may add to the link between Zika virus and birth defects, and how protect pregnant women.

The case study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, by Brazilian researcher Manoel Sarno, MD, and colleagues, describes a pregnant woman infected with Zika virus, where fetal ultrasound showed evidence of not only microcephaly and intracranial calcifications, but hydrops fetalis (a heart condition). The infant was stillborn at 32 weeks gestation and an autopsy found evidence of Zika virus in the brain and spinal fluids, but not the heart, lung, liver, or placenta.

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