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WHO: Neurological Disorder on the Rise in Zika Zones

Posted 15 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 – More cases of the rare but potentially devastating neurological disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome are appearing in some Latin American countries where the Zika virus is also present, according to the World Health Organization. The United Nations-affiliated health group said in a weekly report Saturday that Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can cause temporary paralysis, has been reported in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Suriname and Venezuela, the Associated Press reported. But, the WHO added, the "cause of the increase in GBS (Guillain-Barre syndrome) incidence . . . remains unknown, especially as dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus have all been circulating simultaneously in the Americas." According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare disorder that causes the immune system to attack the peripheral nervous system. As a ... Read more

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150 People May Have Had Contact With Lassa Fever Victim: CDC

Posted 29 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 – At least 150 people may have had contact with a New Jersey man who died Monday in that state of Lassa fever, but most of them aren't at serious risk of infection, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. The unidentified 55-year-old man had returned to the United States on May 17 after traveling to Liberia in West Africa. Lassa fever is a viral disease that's common in West Africa but rarely seen in the United States. It is nowhere near as infectious as the Ebola virus, which wreaked havoc in Liberia and two other West African nations last year. Eight of the people at potential risk of infection were on a flight that the man boarded in Morocco after flying from Monrovia, Liberia, the Associated Press reported. The news service said it cited a government official with knowledge of the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official wasn't ... Read more

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U.S. Traveler Returning From Liberia Dies of Lassa Fever: CDC

Posted 26 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – A man who returned to the United States after traveling to Liberia in West Africa has died of Lassa fever, federal health officials reported. Lassa fever is a viral disease that's common in West Africa but rarely seen in the United States. This is only the sixth known case of Lassa fever in a traveler returning to the United States since 1969, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The last case of Lassa was reported in Minnesota in 2014. There has never been a documented case of person-to-person transmission of Lassa fever in the United States, the CDC added. The death rate for Lassa is about 1 percent, compared with about a 70 percent death rate for Ebola. This latest case of Lassa fever involved a man who traveled from Liberia to Morocco and then on to JFK International Airport in New York City on May 17. He did not have any ... Read more

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