This research has since linked Zika to Guillain-Barré syndrome in some adults and the severe birth defect in babies, microcephaly.
Along with the lagging rate of head growth, these infants suffered other significant neurological damage.
The new findings raised alarm for the seemingly healthy babies born to mothers who were infected with Zika worldwide.
The findings were published November 22 in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. There were committee members expressing that they don't consider Zika Virus epidemic over. Three new studies from Brazil are scheduled for presentation at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
"This is clear evidence that children can be severely affected even if they didn't have microcephaly at birth", CDC Director Tom Frieden said. Other structural or functional abnormalities were also observed in some of the patients.
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Florida officials removed part of Miami Beach from an active Zika transmission zone on Tuesday, saying more than 45 days had passed since the last local case of the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to microcephaly, a rare birth defect. She's with the department of radiology at Barao de Lucena Hospital in Recife, Brazil. It now needs to ensure that vigilance remains high despite the decline in incidence. It can cause a mild illness, with fever, rash and joint pain. Some had inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, or brain stem and spinal cord lesions.
"There are patients who come to the office for visits who would find out, yes, they were pregnant, and on their own research, opted to have terminations of their pregnancies done".
The Zika virus has been downgraded from a global health emergency, the World Health Organisation said but significant long term challenges remain to contain the spread of the disease in many regions. "We are sending the message that Zika is here to stay and the World Health Organization response is here to stay". In the USA and District of Columbia, 26 infants suffering birth defects have been born to pregnant women infected with Zika. It can be done during pregnancy using ultrasound, or after the baby is born.
According to the report, some of the 13 infants were found to have cases of dysphagia, epilepsy, irritability, chorioretinal abnormalities, hypertonia, and spastic hemiparesis, among other issues. But according to a comprehensive new CDC study, some babies aren't diagnosed until several months after birth.