Friday, 15 July 2016

Zika virus & Guillain-Barre syndrome

Zika fever, considered as an emerging disease of arboviral origin, because of its expanding geographic area, is known as a benign infection usually presenting as an influenza-like illness with cutaneous rash. So far, Zika virus infection has never led to hospitalisation. We describe the first case of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) occurring immediately after a Zika virus infection, during the current Zika and type 1 and 3 dengue fever co-epidemics in French Polynesia.

[EDIT] Some discussion has occurred in relation to this finding between the authors and a number of commentators, some of which can be found here in The Lancet -

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