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Can the Zika Virus Cause Temporary Paralysis?

As the news continues to pore out with all of the possible side effects of the Zika Virus, we need to be aware of the possible links between Zika & Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

What is Guillain-Barre Syndrome?

The Mayo Clinic defines Guillain-Barre as a “rare blood disorder” that causes your own immune system to attack your nerves. Symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome typically start with tingling & weakness in one’s extremities. The symptoms rapidly spread through the body leading one to temporary paralysis. Most people recover, some require hospitalization to do so. The exact cause of Guillain-Barre is not known, but it often comes after “an infectious illness.”

Possible link between Guillain-Barre & Zika?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been looking at the possible link between rises in Guillain-Barre cases that seem to correspond with a Zika Virus outbreak in French Polynesia in 2013-2014. The WHO ‘s estimation is that more studies need to be done due to all 42 cases studied in the French Polynesia research show sequential cases of Dengue and Zika. Future research needs to be focused on learning the implications of the combination of Dengue and Zika in the potential cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Also, a Colombian researcher shared with Sky News a discovery of “the [Zika] virus lingering” in patients with Guillain-Barre. Pointing out that a prolonged infection may lead to the immune system reacting in such a way that Guillain-Barre is a possible outcome. The story also reported that Cali University Hospital in Colombia usually would see just a few cases each month, but that number has doubled during the current Zika outbreak. During the Zika outbreak in French Polynesia, there were 20 times more cases of Guillain-Barre than in the previous 4 years. Right now, 8 countries in Central America & South America have reported an increase in Guillain-Barre syndrome cases.

It is not definitive that Zika Virus causes Guillain-Barre syndrome, but it is another piece of the puzzle the world’s medical & scientific community is trying to put together. In the meantime, we urge you to watch the CDC’s latest information on the Zika Virus & travel warnings for pregnant women. Keep up with all the Zika goings on at Mosquito Squads Zika News Website. If you are interested in residential mosquito barrier treatment, we are happy to give you a free quote and come treat your property. Stop the mosquitos today! Give Mosquito Squad, the authority in mosquito control, a call at 336-793-8463.

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