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Zika virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome – or how the media is spreading fear in search of headlines

Zika virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome – or how the media is spreading fear in search of headlines

Health, International
Westminster World examines the truth behind the recent media hype surrounding  the Zika virus - in particular its link to a rare neurological condition called Guillain-Barré syndrome. Travellers going to Brazil for the Olympics may have been worried by some of the headlines they have seen recently. 'The other deadly disease lurking in Zika mosquitoes' – The Independent, 6th February 2016 '...growing fears Zika virus is causing the potentially crippling condition' – Daily Mail, 13th February 2016 'Now killer virus paralysing people – after just ONE mosquito bite' – Daily Star, 18th February 2016   From the coverage in the British media, the public would be forgiven for thinking the Zika virus is the second coming of smallpox. Crippling babies, causing paralysis and

Brazil says Olympics will go ahead in spite of Zika being named a “public health emergency”

Health
The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will not be called off because of the Zika virus, Brazil has said. Brazilian authorities emphasised that Zika poses no risk to athletes and spectators unless they are pregnant. Scientists, however, are discussing a potential link with a neurological condition known  Guillain–Barré syndrome. Symptoms of condition include rapid-onset muscle weakness and pain which could prove devastating for athletes. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a "public health emergency of international concern" on Monday following an emergency meeting. Their concern comes from the rapid spread of the virus which has now been seen in 22 countries across the Americas. The BBC has published a video explaining the WHO's decision: https://www.youtube.com/w
WHO to discuss possible travel restrictions over Zika virus pandemic

WHO to discuss possible travel restrictions over Zika virus pandemic

Health, Medical, News, Travel
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is having an emergency meeting today to discuss the continuing Zika virus outbreak in the Americas.  The mosquito-borne virus has spread to 22 countries within North and South America. Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly, a serious developmental disorder where babies are born with small heads. In Brazil, there have been over 4,000 case of microcephaly since October 2015. Normally, Brazil would see approximately 150 cases a year. The WHO can recommend placing travel restrictions to and from infected countries, among a wide range of infection control measures. With London as a major business and travel hub, any future restrictions would likely have some impact on the capital. Those who are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant should se