Two other viruses which are very similar to Zika virus – the chikungunya and the dengue viruses – are also known to cause neurological complications and may have contributed to the recent increase in neurological diseases that I'm studying here in Brazil. Although the international collaboration I’m working with is called “ZikaPLAN”, our group recognises the importance of these other two viruses and we’re actually studying chikungunya and dengue with just as much interest as Zika.
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Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a neurological condition that I'm researching here in Brazil. But what exactly is the link with the Zika virus?
Zika took the world by storm in 2015-16, but interest in it has since died down. In this article I'll explain what the virus is doing now, and what we expect it to do next.