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Experts Begin Study on Zika Effect in Brazilian Babies
   2016-02-23 19:18:30    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

The Zika virus [Photo: Xinhua]

A 16-member team from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention is said to be undertaking a case-control study on Zika's effect on Brazilian babies.

The study aims at determining whether the Zika virus really causes babies to be born with the devastating birth defect microcephaly, as Brazilian researchers strongly suspect.

The team members will track down babies with microcephaly and their mothers, as well as mothers who gave birth to healthy babies around the same time and compare blood samples.

Dr. Erin Staples is an epidemiologist at the CDC.

"We'll also be taking blood samples from the mom and the baby to look for the presence of Zika virus infection and then we will be comparing between again the mom who didn't have microcephaly, the moms that do have a child born with microcephaly, and beginning to understand some key pieces of the puzzle in terms of when a Zika virus infection might be related to the timing in pregnancy when you end up with it."

The training session has kicked off on Monday in Joao Pessoa, a city in Brazil's north east that is the epicentre of the Zika outbreak.

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