Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)
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In Guillain-Barré syndrome, the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The syndrome can affect the nerves that control muscle movement as well as those that transmit feelings of pain, temperature and touch. This can result in muscle weakness and loss of sensation in the legs and/or arms.
New guidance released
WHO has released new guidance for health care workers and authorities on microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, as well as guidance on psychosocial support for pregnant women and families in relation to Zika virus and the current health emergency.
5 February 2016 -- WHO declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 1 February after a substantial spike in cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome in the Americas. These cases are strongly suspected to be linked to Zika virus, a mosquito transmitted disease that has spread to more than 25 countries and territories in the region. This page links all WHO information to its response on this Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
- Severe cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome are rare, but can result in near-total paralysis.
- Most people recover fully from even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome.
- People with Guillain-Barré syndrome should be treated and monitored; some may need intensive care. Treatment includes supportive care and some immunological therapies.
Identification and management of Guillain-Barré syndrome in the context of Zika virus
Surveillance for Zika virus infection, microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome
Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice surveys Zika virus disease and potential complications
Risk communication and community engagement for Zika virus prevention and control
Risk communication in the context of Zika virus
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