Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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From the perception of a cluster of cases of children with microcephaly to congenital Zika syndrome in Brazil: the lessons we have learned and the challenges that lie ahead of us

Ribeiro, Erlane MarquesLopes, Thayse FigueiredoKerbage, Sáile CavalcantePessoa, André Luis SantosCavalcanti, Luciano Pamplona de Góes

Dear Editor of JVATiTD,A little more than a year ago, physicians and researchers from the northeastern region of Brazil raised the hypothesis of an association between microcephaly cases in newborns and a possible Zika virus infection in their mothers during pregnancy. Common phenotypic features called the attention of the discerning eyes of geneticists, already used to this type of observation [1]. In those cases, records of exanthematous disease during pregnancy were found in the anamnesis. Moreover, radiology images revealed findings that although resembled some other TORCH, they had their particularities in common. Initially, a recurrent pattern in computerized tomography of the skulls was described, which led physicians to classify the set of findings as the emergence of a new disease...(AU)

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