Zika may be responsible for many deformities, say scientists

The Zika virus might be responsible for a number of problems in babies, which could only become clear as they grow up, scientists have suggested.

Brazilian scientists previously announced that there may be a link between Zika and a severe joint deformity known as arthrogryposis in babies. The condition means that babies are born without joint contractures, resulting in their joints being stiff or unable to move.

Now experts have said that this finding could mean that microcephaly is just one aspect of the virus, which can cross the placenta from the mother to the fetus.

Speaking to British newspaper the Guardian, Laura Rodrigues, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said that microcephaly is just “a component of the congenital Zika syndrome”.

She added that scientists were now beginning to establish the “whole spectrum” of the syndrome. It is thought that as affected babies get older, they could display problems with vision, hearing and intellectual landmarks.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801823437-ADNFCR