the Zika virus can develop a number of serious neurological conditions, a new study finds
Until now, the most troubling Zika-related illness in adults has been Guillain-Barre syndrome, which causes muscle weakness and paralysis.
A review of 35 Zika-infected patients in Brazil with neurological symptoms found that most had Guillain-Barre. But other neurological conditions were also discovered, most often inflammation and swelling of the brain and spinal cord.
"Now we're realizing that adults may be impacted," he said. "There are clinical implications, as was well demonstrated in this paper."
During the Zika epidemic in Brazil in 2015-16, admissions at this hospital for Guillain-Barre increased more than fivefold, Frontera said. On average, doctors there saw one case of Guillain-Barre a month before the outbreak; that rose to more than five a month as Zika raged through the country.
Osterholm is director of the University of Minnesota's Cente…