The Zika Virus and Autoimmune Disorders
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The Zika Virus and Autoimmune Disorders

The CDC announced the first U.S. Zika-related death.   In Puerto Rico, Reuters reports that a 70 y/o patient had developed a known Zika complication: immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).   ITP is an autoimmune disorder; the immune system attacks the patient's platelets, which causes an increased tendency to bleed and typically produces a characteristic rash.  

The Zika virus is also thought to be associated with Guillain-Barre(GB).  Guillain-Barre is a rare autoimmune neurological syndrome that causes an "ascending paralysis".   WebMD on GD, the syndrome usually start with numbness or tingling in the fingers and toes. Over several days, muscle weakness in the legs and arms develops. After about four weeks, most people begin to get better.

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