Temporary Paralysis and Zika Outbreak


TemporaryParalysis and Zika Outbreak

TemporaryParalysis and Zika Outbreak

Temporaryparalysis is the one that does not last for longer periods and itoccurs through various causes like through the Guillain-BarreSyndrome and dengue infection. Catherine Saint Louis in an articlepublished in the New York Times, writes that Zika outbreaks arecorrelated to the high rates of temporary paralysis cases. Followingthe research conducted, there was an increase in the number of peoplesuffering from temporary paralysis during Zika outbreaks. As aresult, it is evidenced that Zika Infections inclusive of the oneswith no symptoms of the disease would lead to the paralysis referredto as Guillain Berre Syndrome. Also, the Zika virus is mostly spreadto humans through a bite from an infected Aedes female mosquito. Themosquito becomes ill after suckling on an individual already sickwith the virus. The Center for Disease Control and Preventionsuggests that the mosquito-borne Zika virus may be connected to somerare, but serious causes of Guillain Berre Syndrome, which can leadto paralysis. The article adds that regarding patients, theresearchers included both those suspected to contain Zika infectionsand those confirmed to be already having it. Due to this, the numberof patients increased, indicating a huge challenge to the lessdeveloped countries. Hence, this happens because these countries lackmore advanced health systems and ICU beds for the patients.Furthermore, the patients with Guillain Berre need breathingassistance, and thus, it is necessary for countries to have enoughventilators. Although there is no similar link to dengue, temporaryparalysis is a possible nerve system complication of the infection.Lastly, the lack of funds from the Congress remains a challenge infighting the Zika outbreak. Therefore, if the Congress approvesadditional funding, it is possible to combat and curb the Zikaoutbreak.


SaintLouis, C. (2016). Study Finds Increase in Temporary ParalysisAccompanied Zika Outbreaks. TheNew York Times.