BERLIN (AP) – The World Health Organization says a neurological disorder is on the rise in several Latin American countries that are also seeing an outbreak of the Zika virus.
The world health body in Geneva said in a weekly report Saturday the Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), which can cause temporary paralysis, has been reported in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Suriname and Venezuela.
The increase in Guillain-Barre cases is appearing in conjunction with the spread of the Zika virus to 33 countries and also with increasing cases of microcephaly, a rare condition in which infants are born with abnormally small heads.
However, the health agency said “the cause of the increase in GBS incidence … remains unknown, especially as dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus have all been circulating simultaneously in the Americas.”
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