Diseases and Conditions

Zika virus

Complications

Zika virus infections during pregnancy have been linked to miscarriage and microcephaly, a potentially fatal congenital brain condition.

The Zika virus may also cause congenital Zika syndrome, which includes these birth defects:

  • Severe microcephaly with a partly collapsed skull
  • Brain damage and reduced brain tissue
  • Eye damage
  • Joint problems, including limited motion
  • Reduced body movement due to too much muscle tone after birth

The Zika virus also may cause other neurological disorders such as Guillain-Barre syndrome.