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Prevalence of microcephaly in an Australian population-based birth defects register, 1980-2015

This study set out to describe the prevalence (how many) and characteristics of microcephaly in a geographically defined Australian population. The authors identified a high proportion of cases without known cause, highlighting the need for clinicians to carefully investigate all possibilities, including emerging infections. FASD is an important cause of microcephaly in the Aboriginal population.

Authors: Michele Hansen, Paul W Armstrong, Carol Bower, Gareth S Baynam

Date:  January 2017

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