Zika-Related Birth Defects in Columbia Far More Common Than Believed, Study Suggests

December 9, 2016

(STAT News) – Official reports on the impact of Zika virus in Colombia appear to dramatically underestimate the number of infants born there with associated birth defects, a new study suggests. The actual number may be at least two times higher than the official estimate and perhaps even higher still, according to the study. The study was published Friday in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly, a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was conducted by scientists from the CDC and its Colombian equivalent, the National Institute of Health.