Zika Study: Birth defects, including microcephaly can occur later

2016 photos show Brazilian infants born with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus. (Felipe Dana/AP)

Recently, a CDC study from December 2015 is making rounds around the Internet and within the public health industry.

The study confirmed that microcephaly (abnormal brain development) can occur several months to a year after a child has been born.

According to the study, “these findings demonstrate the importance of early neuroimaging for infants exposed to Zika virus prenatally and the need for comprehensive medical and developmental follow-up.”

Link to study (PDF)

What does this mean for vector control and the resident?

It’s reassuring to know that we are getting more information about the effects of Zika infections. What isn’t reassuring is that it’s just bad news after bad news.

What is good news is that we know mosquito-bite prevention is a way to stop many Zika infections.┬áIf you’re reading this, then chances are, (1) you know mosquitoes need standing water to complete their life cycles. You probably also know that (2) the mosquitoes that can transmit Zika is here in L.A. County.

What you may not know is that you actually play an important role in helping vector control spread this message. We are not able to be in everyone’s backyards (and, quite frankly, I don’t think people want us in everyone’s backyards). So we rely on renters and homeowners to share their knowledge with each other.

If you’re already spreading knowledge about this important issue: I give you many, many thanks! We appreciate you!


By Levy Sun, Public Information Officer