Potential new link between Zika and autoimmune neurologic disorders

Written by Alice Weatherston

New research, set to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th Annual Meeting (15–21 April 2016, BC, Canada) that commences this week, will indicate that the Zika virus may also be associated with an autoimmune disorder that attacks brain myelin in a mechanism similar to Multiple Sclerosis. The study was lead by Maria Lucia Brito Ferreira from the Restoration Hospital (Recife, Brazil) and provides further information on the neurological consequences of the virus, which has already been linked to microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. “Though our study is small, it may provide evidence that in this case the virus...

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