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Congenital Zika Virus


Congenital Zika virus

means your baby got the virus before he or she was born.

Symptoms of congenital Zika virus:

  • Microcephaly is a sign of the virus. It means your child has a head and brain that are smaller than normal. Microcephaly is usually related to learning and development problems.
  • One or both of your baby's eyes may be smaller than normal. Your baby may also have problems with vision, or other eye problems.
  • Your baby may have problems moving joints in his or her arms and legs.
  • Your baby may have problems swallowing, hearing loss, or seizures.

Seek immediate care for your baby if:

  • Your baby has difficulty breathing while being fed.
  • The size of your baby's head increases.
  • Your baby is fussy or vomiting.
  • Your baby coughs or chokes during feedings.

Contact your baby's healthcare provider if:

  • Your baby has new or worsening symptoms.
  • You have questions or concerns about your baby's condition or care.

Follow up with your baby's healthcare providers as directed:

Your baby will need to be seen by different specialists. Healthcare providers will monitor your baby's learning and development at follow up visits. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your baby's visits.

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