|MMWR Early Release|
Vol. 65, Early Release
December 09, 2016
|In this report|
|Preliminary Report of Microcephaly Potentially Associated with Zika Virus Infection During Pregnancy — Colombia, January–November 2016|
Esther Liliana Cuevas, MS, MPH; Van T. Tong, MPH; Nathaly Rozo; et al.
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65(Early Release)
In Colombia, approximately 105,000 suspected cases of Zika virus disease were reported
during August 9, 2015–November 12, 2016, including nearly 20,000 in pregnant women. Zika
virus infection during pregnancy is a known cause of microcephaly. This report provides
preliminary information on cases of congenital microcephaly identified in Colombia during
January 31–November 12, 2016. During this period, 476 cases of microcephaly were reported,
compared with 110 cases reported during the same period in 2015. Microcephaly prevalence
increased more than fourfold overall during the study period, from 2.1 per 10,000 live births in
2015 to 9.6 in 2016.