Infectious Diseases

08 February 2016

Puerto Rican man diagnosed with Zika has paralysis condition

A Puerto Rican man in his thirties who was infected with the Zika virus is now also suffering from a paralysing condition called Guillain-Barre syndrome.

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Health officials in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico say a man infected with the Zika virus is suffering from a temporary paralysis condition called Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Health Secretary Ana Rius said that the man is between 30 and 40 years old and developed the paralysis about two weeks after he broke out in a rash. She did not provide any other details.

Read: Zika: profile of an enigmatic virus

Puerto Rico also is reporting its first case of a pregnant woman with Zika. Rius said she is between 25 and 35 years old and is in her first trimester.

The World Health Organisation declared Zika a global public health emergency after it was linked to brain deformities in babies in South America.

Puerto Rico has 22 confirmed Zika cases. 

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AP