CDC bases Zika conclusion on UW physician’s pioneering work

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CDC bases Zika conclusion on UW physician’s pioneering work

Retired pediatrician's criteria led U.S. to determine that virus causes birth defects

The Zika virus definitely causes birth defects, according to a special report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published April 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine. 

The author's cited the work of Dr. Thomas Shepard, a retired UW Medicine pediatrician and pioneer in the field of teratology, the study of abnormalities of physiological development. Shepard developed seven criteria for establishing whether a condition can be called a cause of birth defects.