Researchers have found out that temporary paralysis can be the first evidence that may lead to the diagnosis of Zika infection. The speed at which zika infection is being spread is truly alarming. T World Health Organization has declared this infection as a global threat after finding out a possibility of zika virus being the main culprit behind a neurological illness, aka Guillain-Barre syndrome, and the birth defects.
The blood tests of 42 adults, diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, in Tahiti and France were conducted by the researchers. Almost everyone had been previously infected with zika virus at some degree.
The test results of these 42 patients were compared with 98 under-treatment patients, in the same hospital, who didn’t have Guillain-Barre syndrome. A mild virus infection was found in half of those 98 patients.
According to Peter Barlow who is an infectious diseases expert at Edinburgh Napier University, “The evidence that links Zika virus with Guillain-Barre syndrome is now substantially more compelling”. It is worth mentioning here that Barlow isn’t the part of research team. Nevertheless, he said that it would be too early to jump to conclusion because there is definitely more research work required to finally associate Guillain-Barre syndrome with Zika infection as its evidence.
Mosquitos are the most common carriers of zika virus. The common symptoms of zika infection include fever and body rash; however, most of the people don’t feel anything after being infected. The primary cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome is usually the bacterial or viral infection. So there is a fair chance for the results of above mentioned research being nullified by another advanced research.
The factor of zika and dengue causing Guillain-Barre syndrome was also taken into consideration during the research. It’s still unclear if dengue could have increased the risk. It is however believed that having Guillain-Barre syndrome while having zika infection indicated seriousness of disease. Hence, patient needs to be kept in intensive care.