PACIFIC ISLANDS STUDY: NO LINK BETWEEN ZIKA AND GUILLAIN BARRE SYNDROME


WHO’s Zika Open page has published a study which has found no link between the Zika virus and Guillain-Barre syndrome (AFP).

The study “Update on Zika virus transmission in the Pacific islands, 2007 to February 2016 and failure of acute flaccid paralysis surveillance to signal Zika emergence in this setting” concludes there is no correlation between the Zika virus and Guillain-Barre syndrome(AFP) cases.

“Despite the reported increase in Guillain-Barre syndrome (AFP) in Latin America, review of fluctuations in detection rates in Pacific Islands found no correlation with ZIKV emergence,” the study says.

“We found no spatial-temporal correlation between routinely collected AFP data and ZIKV
emergence in previously unaffected Pacific island countries.”

http://www.who.int/bulletin/online_first/16-171892.pdf?ua=1

http://www.who.int/bulletin/online_first/zika_open/en/

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