Multiplying Miscarriage Risk

Miscarriages and stillbirths related to the Zika virus may be much higher than initially thought, according to data pooled from 6 primate research centers.

The research, published yesterday in Nature Medicine, showed that 26% of monkeys infected with Zika in early pregnancy suffered miscarriages or stillbirths—a 4-fold increase over monkeys not exposed to Zika, and far higher than the 8% rate in Zika-infected women previously reported.

If miscarriages are even more prevalent than birth defects, David O'Connor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison said, it's possible that the virus may have been circulating undetected, “quietly doing a great deal of damage.”


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