Credit: American Medical Association
"I would say a large number of these kids will be blind."
Babies infected with the Zika virus may face another challenge. Aside from being born with unusually small heads, they may also suffer from eye abnormalities that threaten their vision, The New York Times reports.
The research was reported on Tuesday in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology.
The study looked at 29 newborns at Roberto Santos General Hospital in Salvador, Brazil, all of whom were thought to have been infected with the Zika virus and had small heads, or microcephaly. Ten of these babies also had damage to their eyes, and seven of those had defects in both eyes.
Dr. Rubens Belfort Jr., professor of ophthalmology at the Federal University of São Paulo, told the Times: “Based on my experience, I would say a large number of these kids will be blind.”
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