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Rare paralysis linked to Zika virus

Dr. Jared Brinker, family physician at Grace Clinic (Source: KCBD Video) Dr. Jared Brinker, family physician at Grace Clinic (Source: KCBD Video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

For months, the concern has been that infected mosquitos that carry the Zika virus bring the threat of microcephaly, where the brain is not completely developed at birth.

From the Zika Conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, new advice that babies born to pregnant women infected with Zika will need to be followed long-term.

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, says "We don't know beyond microcephaly what the long-range effect on babies who might look they were born normal but might have more defects that are more subtle."

Another fairly new concern, that birth defects are not the only problem that may come from a Zika infection.

Dr. Jared Brinker, a family physician at Grace Clinic, says the infection has also been linked to a syndrome that can trigger paralysis in women or men at any age.

He says, "There's a very rare chance that you could develop Guillaine Barre syndrome from Zika virus. It's about a one in 4,000 chance. It's a neurologic disease. You get a paralysis of the body."

Dr. Brinker adds there is treatment that can speed the recovery of the illness, but the disease can be life-threatening if the breathing muscles are paralyzed in the meantime.

Again it's rare, but one more reason that the White House has asked for nearly $2 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus.

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