World Europe 01 Apr 2016 'Strong scienti ...

'Strong scientific consensus' emerges on Zika link to disorders: WHO

AFP
Published Apr 1, 2016, 8:30 am IST
Updated Apr 1, 2016, 8:30 am IST
Based on cohort and case-control studies, there is a strong scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of GBS microcephaly
Researchers are now convinced that the Zika virus is linked to microcephaly in babies and to Guillain-Barre, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
 Researchers are now convinced that the Zika virus is linked to microcephaly in babies and to Guillain-Barre, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

Geneva: Researchers are now convinced that the Zika virus is linked to microcephaly in babies and to Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological disorder that can weaken the muscles and cause paralysis, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

"Based on observational, cohort and case-control studies, there is a strong scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome), microcephaly and other neurological disorders," the agency said in a weekly update on the mosquito-borne virus that is spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

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