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Infant Outcomes in Women with Zika During Pregnancy

Am J Obstet Gynecol; ePub 2017 Jan 30; Adhikari, et al

A small percentage of women were at risk from reported travel to Zika virus-affected areas, with those traveling from heavily affected areas most at risk for infection, a recent study found. These results were from a large prenatal Zika screening program at a single center health care system from March 14 through October 1, 2016, that included 14,161 pregnant women (predominantly Hispanic) screened for travel to a Zika-affected country. Researchers found:

  • 610 (4.3%) women reported travel; test results were available in 547.
  • Evidence of possible Zika virus infection was found in 29 (5.3%) women.
  • 4% were at risk from reported travel with only 2 in 1,000 infected.
  • There was no significant difference in obstetric or neonatal morbidities among women with or without evidence of possible Zika virus infection.
  • Similarly, there was no difference in mean head circumference of infants born to women with positive vs negative Zika virus testing.

Citation:

Adhikari EH, Nelson DB, Johnson KA, et al. Infant outcomes among women with Zika virus infection during pregnancy: Results of a large prenatal Zika screening program. [Published online ahead of print January 30, 2017]. Am J Obstet Gynecol. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2017.01.018.