SBT Truth Check: AMA, Media wrong on “High Risk” of  Zika, Microcephaly and CDC Warning.

By 17 hours ago
The AMA, ABC News and other sources are reporting bloated risk estimates on Zika based on half-truths, faulty assumptions, missing data and invalidated computer models.

The AMA, ABC News and other sources are reporting bloated risk estimates on Zika based on half-truths, faulty assumptions, missing data and invalidated computer models.

By David McKalip, M.D.

First a caveat. It is possible that Zika is causing microcephaly more frequently (a severely small brain in babies) and that this represents a major medical and public health problem that needs substantial attention. However, there are still not enough facts to verify this with certainty or to determine the likelihood (risk) that microcephaly will occur during an individual pregnancy or if it is occurring more frequently than in the past or even frequently at all.

Unfortunately the media and the American Medical Association (AMA) have been acting as if a …
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