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Zika virus is believed to be one of the causes of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Microcephaly stunts a baby’s head growth, causing devastating, sometimes fatal brain damage, and it can result in miscarriage or stillbirth.
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an uncommon sickness of the nervous system in which a person’s own immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness, and sometimes leads to paralysis. There are more reported cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome in the Zika outbreak areas. CDC is still investigating the connection between Zika virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome.