Zika Virus Birth Defects Study Shows Zika Virus May Cause Fetal Death and Birth Defects Including Microcephaly


Southern Med Law Attorneys Are Investigating Zika Virus Birth Defects And Microcephaly Birth Defect Lawsuits Associated With The Chemical,Pyriproxyfen

zika-virus-microcephaly-birth-defect-lawsuit-mosquitosA newly released Zika virus birth defects study of pregnant women in Brazil who were infected with the Zika virus indicates that the virus can lead to fetal death and birth defects, including microcephaly. Additionally, a baby’s health is at risk during each trimester of pregnancy and not just the first trimester as doctors initially speculated. The research on the expectant mothers in Brazil, where the Zika virus is more widely spread, was reported recently in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), according to an ABC News report.

The Zika virus birth defects study is tracking 88 pregnant women who sought treatment for Zika-like symptoms at a clinic in Rio de Janiero between September and February. Of the total, 72 women were diagnosed with Zika virus, and 42 of the expectant mothers agreed to have an ultrasound. The ultrasound discovered some abnormal brain development, two fetuses that died during the third trimester, and a situation that prompted an emergency C-section. Of the six live births that have occurred so far, one baby was born with microcephaly, a serious birth defect that causes babies to have an abnormally small head and an underdeveloped brain. In a separate and unrelated study, researchers found that Zika virus can infect embryonic cells that help form the brain. The lead author of the study, published in the Cell Stem Cell journal, stressed that the findings do not prove that Zika causes microcephaly, according to the ABC News report.
[abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/evidence-zikas-risk-pregnant-women-continues-grow-37419539, ABC News]

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus that causes infected individuals to develop symptoms that include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. The number of reports of Zika virus infection cases continue to rise in South American countries, particularly in Brazil. In February, a group of Argentine doctors released a report that linked a toxic chemical called, “pyriproxyfen,” to microcephaly. The Physicians in Crop-Sprayed Towns said the Brazilian government used pyriproxyfen in a program to control the mosquito population by injecting the chemical into the drinking water supply to stop mosquitos from developing in drinking water tanks. According to the report, the areas where pyriproxyfen was used saw a significant increase in microcephaly birth defects in newborns. Pyriproxyfen is made by the Toyko-based Sumitomo Chemical, which has subsidiary offices in the United States.

In January, the CDC issued a travel alert to pregnant women who are traveling to and from South American countries. The federal health agency reported last month that health officials are now seeing Zika virus birth defects in babies of U.S.women who were infected with the Zika virus after traveling to the affected areas. The CDC said it was tracking six pregnant women who reported Zika virus symptoms in their first trimester. Of the six women, one mother gave birth to a baby with microcephaly, two women had miscarriages, two women chose to have abortions, and one pregnancy continues.
[cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6508e1er.htm?s_cid=mm6508e1er_e CDC]

Southern Med Law attorneys are offering Zika virus microcephaly birth defect lawsuit legal consultations to families whose babies were born with microcephaly due to the Zika virus or the chemical, pyriproxyfen. Call 1-205-547-5525 or fill out our online form located on the www.southernmedlaw.com website.

About Southern Med Law And Filing A Zika virus microcephaly birth defect Lawsuit: Southern Med Law is a patient and consumer advocacy organization providing legal representation to the victims of negligent personal injuries, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, faulty medical devices and defective products. Led by Dr. François Blaudeau, an attorney and a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist, the legal staff at Southern Med Law possesses a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in all manner of product liability and personal injury claims. They’re not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice, and are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy that assures success.

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