PUBH-100: Global Issues in Public Health

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Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Congenital, Hereditary, and Neonatal Diseases and Abnormalities | Environmental Public Health | Epidemiology | International Public Health | Maternal and Child Health | Public Health

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Microcephaly is a noncommunicable condition causing the head of an infant to be smaller than what is typical. Microcephaly can cause delays in developmental milestones and/or can cause other conditions such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, hearing loss and vision problems. Microcephaly is found more frequently in certain populations of the world than others, specifically those with an increased number of cases with Zika virus. Women need to take preventative measures to ensure their unborn child is safe from the Zika virus. The Zika virus is not the only way microcephaly can occur. Many other causes like exposure to alcohol and drugs during pregnancy and genetic defects are also variables.

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