Zika can cause Guillain-Barré syndrome: Study
March 1, NY: Zika virus might cause a severe neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome, study said.
New research carried out using blood samples from 42 patients who became ill in a previous outbreak, said they developed the neurological problems around six days after Zika infection.
The Lancet authors described the study as "compelling".
Zika was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in early February.
The virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, has caused alarm in central and south America because of its suspected links to under-developed brains in babies - a condition called microcephaly, according to the reports.
But experts have also questioned whether Zika might be linked to another medical condition as well.
Guillain-Barré syndrome leads to muscle weakness and, in severe cases, breathing problems requiring intensive care.
It is a rare response to infection, which sees the immune system attacking peripheral nerves, reports said.
The Oslo Times