Acute Zika Infection May Damage Sensory Nerves


New York: Zika virus infection has been associated with several neurological complications and researchers have now reported that it may also lead to sensory polyneuropathy – damage to nerves that receive sensation, such as temperature, pain, vibration or touch, from the skin.

In a paper published in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences, group of researchers from Honduras, Venezuela and the US described the first case of sensory polyneuropathy associated with acute Zika virus infection.

“Clinicians should be aware that Zika virus infection can also cause an acute infectious sensory polyneuropathy,” said first author Marco Medina from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras.