Zika virus infection complicated by Guillain-Barre syndrome--case report, French Polynesia, December 2013

Euro Surveill. 2014 Mar 6;19(9):20720. doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.es2014.19.9.20720.


Zika fever, considered as an emerging disease of arboviral origin, because of its expanding geographic area, is known as a benign infection usually presenting as an influenza-like illness with cutaneous rash. So far, Zika virus infection has never led to hospitalisation. We describe the first case of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) occurring immediately after a Zika virus infection, during the current Zika and type 1 and 3 dengue fever co-epidemics in French Polynesia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Dengue / complications*
  • Exanthema / complications
  • Female
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome / etiology*
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome / microbiology
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome / virology
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Polynesia
  • Zika Virus / isolation & purification*
  • Zika Virus Infection / complications*
  • Zika Virus Infection / diagnosis