Zika Virus Linked To Guillain-Barre

Zika Virus Linked To Guillain-Barre

Experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently headed to Puerto Rico to study the possible link between the virus and increased cases of people developing the rare neurological disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome. Puerto Rico has only just started getting cases of people with the Zika virus and Guillain-Barre syndrome, so the government is hoping to get a head start on trying to control and treat the virus before the outbreak spreads even farther.

Health officials have noted a significant increase in Guillain-Barre syndrome in areas infected with the Zika virus. Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare neurological disorder, in which the immune system attacks part of the nervous system. It usually begins soon after a person has caught the virus. The disorder causes the gradual weakening of the legs, arms, and upper body. Some people become totally paralyzed. People usually recover within six months, but a recent study found that a large number people who developed Guillain-Barre from a Zika infected country still experienced motor deficits or weakness even after six months. This could mean the Zika virus not only increases cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, but it also worsens the symptoms.

What do you think of this possible link between the Zika virus and Guillain-Barre syndrome? Do you think this study in Puerto Rico will prove successful, and get us one step closer to ending this outbreak?

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