A patient with symptoms of Zika virus infection and a family member have been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, according to the Australian Medical Association (AMA).
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that a patient with Guillermin-Barre syndrome (GBS) who had symptoms of Guillahé syndrome (GBS) and a patient in a GBS-positive family also had symptoms similar to Guillan-Bouvier syndrome (CBS).
The study was conducted at the University of Sydney and the Queensland Health Sciences Centre.
The patients were aged between 20 and 74 years.
According to the AMA, GBS is a constellation of symptoms including fever, muscle pain, joint pain and swelling.
It is caused by the virus and affects the immune system.
“A family member with symptoms is one in seven people diagnosed with GBS and their risk of developing this disease increases the more a person has been exposed to the virus,” AMA spokesperson Professor John Coates said.
GBS is caused primarily by the Zika viruses Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus and Aedes palmivirus.
People with Guillian-Brouer syndrome, the AMA says, have symptoms of CBS, including joint pain, muscle stiffness, weakness and a cough.
In a news release, the Queensland Department of Health said the Queensland Government was working with the AMA and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to assess the condition of the Queenslanders with symptoms.
“Health Queensland has been in contact with Queensland Government and Health and Disability Services about this and is providing support to those affected by the outbreak,” the release said.”GBS was first identified in Queensland in 2014, but it has since been identified across Queensland, with more than 10,000 confirmed cases reported.”