Guillain-Barre Syndrome News
Further Evidence of Link Between Guillain-Barre Paralysis Syndrome and Zika Virus Infection, Study Finds
The Zika virus outbreak has been a major concern for public health officials in the past year, with growing evidence that the virus is not only linked to, but is the cause of a devastating birth defect called microcephaly , characterized by an abnormally small head and brain, often leading to
CDC Investigating Rise of Paralysis-Causing Syndrome
A dangerous health condition that can cause temporary or sometimes permanent paralysis appears to be on the rise in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC reported Monday that there have been 50 cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) since the start of
What to Know About First Local Zika Outbreak in Continental US
For the first time in the continental U.S. the Zika virus has been spread locally through infected mosquitoes. Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced the first local Zika outbreak today, saying that four people have been infected. For months health experts have warned that a small local outbreak of the
Zika Cases Spike in Puerto Rico as Virus Spreads 'Silently and Rapidly'
The Zika virus is rapidly spreading though Puerto Rico, leading to more than 5,500 infections, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today. Puerto Rico has been dealing with the Zika outbreak for months, and Zika infections have spiked recently, rising from 14 percent testing
Australian Olympic Team to Combat Zika by Handing Out Anti-Viral Condoms Ahead of Rio Games
The fight against the Zika virus is going beyond bug spray as the Australian Olympic Committee announced today that special anti-viral condoms will be given to athletes in order to curb the spread of the Zika virus. Condoms containing Vivagel, an antiviral agent, will be distributed in the hopes of
Zika Virus Confirmed as Cause of Rare Microcephaly Birth Defect, CDC Says
The Zika virus has been confirmed to cause a rare birth defect called microcephaly and other severe problems of the brain, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Health officials across the globe have suspected for months a link between the virus and
FAQ: The Zika virus and the 2016 Rio Olympics
With less than six months to go before the start of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, Brazil has become the focal point of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Here is what we know so far about the virus, and what preparations are being made to protect athletes ahead of the Games. Q: How does the virus
Zika Virus May Cause Paralysis
ABC News' Dr. Richard Besser describes the latest study of Guillain-Barre syndrome in Brazil.
Zika Virus Outbreak: Consumer Reports Shares Best Zika-Fighting Repellents
With concern surrounding the Zika virus at an all-time high, Consumer Reports has re-released its exclusive ratings of mosquito repellents that best protect against the virus. The new release highlights the results regarding the Aedes Egypti mosquito, the mosquito known to carry and spread Zika.
Zika Virus Outbreak Prompts CDC to Activate Highest Emergency Ops Level
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency Operations Center has been moved to Level 1, the agency's highest level, due to the risk of Zika virus transmission in the U.S., officials said today. The Level 1 activation is "reflecting the agency’s assessment of the need for an