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Doctors Suspect Zika in Paralysis Spike

02-16-2016
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An affliction that causes paralysis and even death is on the rise in South America. Doctors believe it could be linked to the Zika virus.

Guillain-Barre is an autoimmune disorder that strikes after an infection, such as the flu.

Patients become extremely weak and sometimes lose the ability to move. About one-fifth of them die.

The World Health Organization says cases are on the rise in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador and Venezuela -- countries that have been hit hard by the mosquito-born Zika virus.

So far, no link has been established, but doctors believe hundreds of cases of Guillian-Barre are associated with Zika.

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