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Zika Hits Home: One American Mom's Saga

Zika Hits Home: One American Mom's Saga

When her daughter Aryanna was born, the first thing Maria Rios checked was her baby’s head. Days earlier, doctors had told Rios that she was infected with Zika, likely spread by a mosquito bite at her parents’ home in Mexico, last summer. Dr. Hannah Tully, a pediatric neurologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, examined Aryanna five weeks after birth and again this month. An expert in microcephaly, Tully has seen many children with the disorder, but Zika is different, she said. The damage appears to be greater than that typically found when microcephaly is caused by other conditions, including infections and premature birth.

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