New warning: Zika triggers fatal nerve damage in adults
The World Health Organization has released a new Zika virus warning that it can trigger nerve damage, including fatal complications, in adults.
The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, warned last week there now are 107 travel-related cases of the Zika virus in 24 states and the District of Columbia.
It issued a travel advisory for pregnant women and others who are planning to attend the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from Aug. 5 to 21.
Media reports largely have focused on the risk to pregnant women and the unborn, with the Zika virus suspected of causing microcephaly, a condition in which fetuses infected with the virus are born with abnormally small heads.
But the United Nations World Health Organization in Geneva announced that eight countries and territories have reported an increased incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome, or GBS, related to the Zika virus and capable of striking adults.
“A growing body of clinical and epidemiological evidence points to a causal role for the Zika virus” in neurological disorders, including microcephaly and GBS, the WHO has reported, although no cases of GBS related to a Zika virus infection have yet surfaced in the United States.