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Zika Virus and GBS

 CDC Research suggests that Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is strongly associated with the Zika virus.

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an uncommon sickness of the nervous system in which a person’s own immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness, and sometimes, paralysis.

  • Several countries that have experienced Zika outbreaks recently have reported increases in people who have Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).
  • Current CDC research suggests that GBS is strongly associated with Zika; however, only a small proportion of people with recent Zika virus infection get GBS.

CDC is continuing to investigate the link between GBS and Zika to learn more.

If you want to know more about the number of GBS cases in a certain area, contact the state or local health department in the state where the cases happen. CDC collaborates with state and local health departments to investigate reports of possibly unusually large numbers or “clusters” of GBS cases.

 

The Zika virus has arrived in the United States, with mosquitoes spreading the virus in an area of Miami Beach and the CDC advising pregnant women to avoid it.

The virus causes birth defects in babies born to some infected pregnant women. It’s mainly spread through mosquitoes, although some cases of sexual transmission have been reported.

The Miami neighborhood of Wynwood became the first in the U.S. where Zika was spreading locally. Although a CDC travel advisory for that area has been lifted, pregnant women are still urged to avoid a second transmission zone, a 4.5-square-mile area of Miami Beach.

Pregnant women and their partners who live in either area or must travel to them should take steps to avoid mosquito bites.

The CDC has also issued travel warnings for pregnant women in countries where the disease is spreading.

Read more Here in order to learn more about the virus and how it affects people living in the United States.

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