#AceNewsReport – Jan.23: Zika virus may be linked to rare nerve condition
Two Latin American countries are investigating whether outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus are behind a rise in a rare and sometimes life-threatening nerve condition that can cause paralysis and leave victims on life-support.
The Zika virus has already been tentatively linked to a rash of microcephaly, a birth defect in which babies are born with unusually small heads. And while the mechanics of how the virus may affect infants remain unclear, authorities in Brazil, Colombia and El Salvador are urging women to avoid the risk by postponing pregnancies.
Three travellers who also returned to the UK from South and Central America have been diagnosed with the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness that has been linked to brain deformities in babies.
Public Health England said in a statement on its…
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