The edes aegypti mosquito is part of research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at a control and prevention center in Guadalupe. Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim.

Brazilian scientists find new Zika-linked brain disorder in adults

The following article was published by Rueters on April 11, 2016.

“The new discovery now shows Zika may provoke an immune attack on the central nervous system as well.”

Brazilian scientists have found a that there is a link between Zika and an autoimmune syndrome called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, that attacks the brain and spinal cord. Zika, a mosquito-borne disease has already been associated with the autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome, which attacks nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, causing temporary paralysis.  In addition, some researchers also have reported patients with Zika infections developing encephalitis and myelitis – nerve disorders typically caused by direct infections in nerve cells.[nL2N1782A5]. This finding adds to the growing list of neurological damage associated with Zika.

The full article can be found at Brazilian scientists find new Zika-linked brain disorder in adults.