Microcephaly

Like other neurological disorders, microcephaly runs along a spectrum and its severity can vary widely - Marc Santora

Microcephaly

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Microcephaly, Spotlighted by Zika Virus, Has Long Afflicted and Mystified

There may be thousands of these children in Brazil, and scientists fear thousands more might come as the Zika virus leaps across Latin America and the Caribbean. But the striking deformity at the center of the epidemic, microcephaly, is not new: It has pained families across the globe and mystified experts for decades.

For parents, having a child with microcephaly can mean a life of uncertainty. The diagnosis usually comes halfway through pregnancy, if at all; the cause may never be determined — Zika virus is only suspected in the Brazilian cases, while many other factors are well documented. And no one can say what the future might hold…

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