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STUDY: ZIKA CAN CAUSE GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME

- — Liz Szabo

For the first time, researcher­s have shown that the Zika virus can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare condition in which the immune system attacks nerve cells and causes paralysis.

Five Latin American countries with Zika epidemics — Brazil, El Salvador, Venezuela, Colombia and Suriname — have reported increases in Guillain-Barre syndrome. Until now, however, doctors didn’t have scientific evidence showing the virus triggers the condition.

The new evidence comes from a study published Monday in The Lancet.

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