Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an uncommon sickness of the nervous system in which a person’s own immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness, and sometimes, paralysis. Several countries that have experienced Zika outbreaks recently have reported increases in people who have Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). Current CDC research suggestsContinue Reading A New Zealand mosquito species could carry the zika virus according to preliminary Brazilian research. Brazilian scientists have found one of the 15 species in this country can be infected with the virus in the laboratory. More studies were being done to find out whether the mosquitoes could transmitContinue Reading There is limited evidence to suggest the virus can be sexually transmitted however the local public health service is continuing to investigate how the woman became infected. There is also the possibility she was bitten by an infected mosquito brought into the country in her partner’s luggage. The riskContinue Reading A Kiwi man became ill after visiting a Zika-infected country and has tested positive for the virus. His female partner, who didn’t visit the country, also tested positive. Siouxsie Wiles from Auckland University’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences said there were two possible explanations. “One is that theContinue Reading At the Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust (CCST), a groundbreaking flu vaccine study may hold the answer to stemming the Zika crisis. An international pharmaceutical company has contracted the CCST to test the efficiency of a new oral influenza tablet. The vaccine has been tested on the two strains ofContinue Reading

First U.S. case of sexually transmitted Zika confirmed in Texas — HuffPost Living (@HealthyLiving) February 3, 2016 A person in Texas has been infected with the Zika virus after having sex with an ill person who had returned from a country where the disease was present, Dallas CountyContinue Reading