New Study Reveals Link Between Zika Virus and Guillain-Barre
A new study was performed that found that around every 24 out of 100,000 people infected with the Zika virus will also develop Guillain-Barre syndrome. Guillain-Barre syndrome affects the immune and the nervous system, possibly triggering temporary paralysis. Researchers studied the blood of a group of people from French Polynesia diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome after an outbreak of the Zika virus during the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2014.
The results were overwhelming. All of the patients were found to have previously contracted the Zika virus. 93 percent of them had contracted the virus within three months of being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome. This makes a strong case for the link between the Zika virus and Guillain-Barre syndrome.
This doesn’t bode well for the continued spread of the Zika virus. We are likely going to see a dramatic increase in cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome as well as microcephaly, and possibly other neurological disorders.
Do you think this study proves the link between the Zika virus and Guillain-Barre syndrome? What do you think the world officials will do if cases of Guillain-Barre begin to increase? Could this virus actually pose a threat to everyone and not just pregnant women?