Costa Rica Has First Case Of Zika-associated Syndrome

Costa Rica has first case of Zika-associated syndrome

SAN JOSI,(Pakistan Point News - APP - 5th Augst,2016) - Costa Rica on Thursday confirmed the first local case of the potentially fatal Guillain-Barre syndrome associated with the Zika virus. The victim of the neurological disorder, a 14 year-old resident of the Pacific coastal town of Jaco -- where the main outbreak of Zika has been concentrated -- has a history asthma and suffered dengue fever a year ago, the health ministry said in a statement.

She experienced high temperatures, widespread rashes and other symptoms characteristic of Zika last month, after which her condition appeared to improve, the ministry said. Some days later, "the patient woke in the morning with a feeling of intense burning pain in her lower limbs which later included both hips, weakness and difficulty walking and breathing," the statement said. A medical examination at a clinic and laboratory tests at the University of Costa Rica confirmed Guillain-Barre syndrome, brought on by the immune system attacking the nerves, which can cause paralysis.