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Zika Linked to Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Study Finds
Scientific American

French scientists say they have proved a link between the Zika virus and a nerve syndrome called Guillain-Barré, suggesting countries hit by the Zika epidemic will see a rise in cases of the serious neurological condition.

Guillain-Barré is a rare syndrome in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the nervous system. It usually occurs a few days after exposure to a virus, bacteria or parasite.

In a retrospective study analysing data from a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia during 2013 and 2014, researchers led by Arnaud Fontanet of France’s Institut Pasteur calculated the estimated risk of developing Guillain-Barré syndrome at 2.4 for every 10,000 people infected by Zika.

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