Misperceived #Risks of #Zika-related #Microcephaly in #India (Trends Microbiol., abstract)

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Trends Microbiol. 2019 Feb 27. pii: S0966-842X(19)30042-3. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2019.02.004. [Epub ahead of print]

Misperceived Risks of Zika-related Microcephaly in India.

Grubaugh ND1, Ishtiaq F2, Setoh YX3, Ko AI4.

Author information: 1 Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT, USA. Electronic address: nathan.grubaugh@yale.edu. 2 Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. 3 Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia. 4 Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT, USA; Instituto Gonçalo Moniz, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Ministério da Sáude, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.



After the discovery that Zika virus (ZIKV) could cause microcephaly and other birth defects, we have scrambled to understand how. Now, spreading along with the virus is misinformation that a ZIKV mutation is responsible for microcephaly. Putting too much onus on a single mutation could enhance a crisis in India.

Copyright © 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

PMID: 30826180 DOI: 10.1016/j.tim.2019.02.004

Keywords: Zika Virus; Microcephaly; India.


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