Focusing On Zika's Threat To Child Development
Huffington Post - about 2 months
National Birth Defects Prevention Month
Winter is a time when many people in the United States, particularly those in northern areas, are not thinking about mosquitoes and the diseases they can transmit. To the south, however, in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and parts of Latin America, thousands of couples, pregnant women, families, and travelers continue to deal with the threat of Zika virus, a mosquito-borne and sexually transmitted infection that can lead to an array of birth defects and life-long developmental problems.
For more than a year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has accelerated research to better understand Zika, to develop a safe and effective vaccine, and to improve diagnostic methods, among other goals. At NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), our focus has been on the virus's impact on pregnancy and child development. As we mark National Birth Defects Prevention Month, we call attention to t
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