Birth Defects Cluster Not Just Down to Zika

September 14, 2018

(SciDevNet) – The study found a correlation between the distribution of chikungunya infection and congenital microcephaly in the region, which the authors say may indicate that previous arbovirus infections or co-infection with chikungunya can increase the severity of Zika infections. They also speculate that malnutrition and overall poor health associated with poverty could compromise immunity, as well as the body’s response to infection and the clinical progression of the disease.