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Zika Never Ended – The Atlantic

Zika Never Ended – The Atlantic

In 2015, a horror movie came to life. The mosquitoes that swarm almost all tropical climates began infecting people with a strange new virus. In most, Zika caused no symptoms, or a mild rash and fever. But if it happened to infect a pregnant woman, her baby could be born with severe birth defects. Zika dramatically increased the risk of a condition called microcephaly, or a clinically small head. Over the following years, about 4 to 9 percent of infected pregnant women gave birth to babies with permanent brain damage. Suddenly, pregnant women in America and elsewhere were told not to travel to the Caribbean and South America. Expecting mothers in Miami, where local mosquitoes were transmitting the virus, stayed inside all summer long. Today, thousands of Brazilian families struggle to care for profoundly disabled 8-year-olds, “their limbs rigid, their mouths slack, many with foreheads that sloped sharply back above their dark eyes,” as The New York Times described in 2022. Then, as quickly as it appeared, Zika vanished from global awareness. In 2016, most …