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Understanding the Neurodevelopmental Impact of Congenital Zika Virus Exposure

Publish Date: April 2019
Author: MCSP

In Grenada, MCSP partnered with the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) at St. George’s University to characterize the impact of in utero ZIKV exposure on neurocognitive development. WINDREF measured multiple neurodevelopmental outcomes in a well-characterized cohort of children with and without prenatal ZIKV exposure in Grenada using sensitive measures of cognition, language, fine and gross motor skills, behavior, attention, and social-emotional reactivity. Data collection is ongoing, but preliminary results provide a snapshot of the neuropsychological impact of ZIKV exposure in human infants in their first 2 years of life.