From 2015 through 2016, a serious epidemic of Zika virus spread through parts of South America and North America. According to the World Health Organization, by 2017, this virus affected 90 major cities in 35 countries. By 2019, cases of Zika virus were found in California, Florida, and other US states.
The Zika virus spreads when a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms are typically mild and last less than a week. Zika virus poses a serious threat, however, to pregnant women. An infection during pregnancy can cause infants to be born with congenital deformities and neurological complications. Research indicates that these Zika-related deformities and complications are caused by low gestational oxygen during fetal development.
Dr. Martin Frasch from the OB/GYN department of the University of Washington’s School of Medicine collaborated with researchers from the University of Cambridge on a study of whether fetuses’ hearts would “remember” their gestational low oxygen after birth. By studying the cohorts of children in Brazil who suffered low gestational oxygen due to their mothers’ exposure to the Zika virus, Dr. Frasch’s team found that there is indeed “memory for this type of low oxygen exposure” years after birth.
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