Saturday, August 20, 2016
Zika is Deadly to Adults. By Geniusofddespair
Zika doesn't just cause microcephaly in babies it is also linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome in adults. It also can be deadly: A Utah man died from Zika at the end of June. Yesterday a man under 50 years old in Puerto Rico died from paralysis that developed from a Zika infection.
According to a report from the World Health Organization released in February on Guillan-Barre Syndrome (rare disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves):
In July 2015, Brazil reported the detection of patients with neurological syndromes who had recent history of Zika virus infection in the state of Bahia. There were 76 patients with neurological syndromes identified, of which 42 (55%) were confirmed as GBS. Among the confirmed GBS, 26 (62%) had a history of symptoms consistent with Zika virus infection. In addition, 7 patients presenting with neurologic syndromes were confirmed to be positive for Zika virus infection in November 2015. In 2015, a total of 1 708 cases of GBS were registered nationwide, representing a 19% average increase from the previous year (1 439 cases of GBS), though not all states reported an increase in incidence.
In February 2016, the Colombia International Health Regulations (IHR) National Focal Point (NFP) reported an increase in cases of GBS. Colombia reports an average of 242 cases of GBS per year. However, in the five weeks to 30 January 2016, there were 86 cases of GBS already reported. Of the total cases registered, 49 (57%) were male and 37 (43%) were female. Mean age of the 58 cases for which age data were available was 43 years.
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