Zika virus in infants

Symptoms of Zika, one of the most feared virus infections, in the 21st century might be seen in the eyes of infants first.

A study by the multidisciplinary medical team from Fernandes Figueira Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, investigated the infants born to 112 mothers with Zika. They found that 21.4% of the infants had an impaired optic nerve, retina, or both. 19 infants had optic nerve abnormalities, and 15 infants had abnormal retinas.

“Eye abnormalities may be the only initial finding in congenital Zika virus infection. All infants with potential Zika virus exposure should undergo screening eye examinations regardless of CNS abnormalities, timing of maternal infection during pregnancy or laboratory confirmation,” said the authors of the study.