Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday said that the current Zika virus case count in the country now stands at more than 25,600, 3,177 pregnant women affected by the mosquito borne virus, according to a Reuters report (computer translated).
However, it is also mentioned that no microcephaly cases have been reported. The president said that in Colombia “we have no certainty about the relationship of microcephaly and Zika”.
Colombia reported on Friday that found a “causal” relationship between Zika virus and Guillain-Barre syndrome, with the death of three people.
Santos said that according to the same estimates could register up to 1,000 cases of people affected by Guillain-Barre syndrome, a serious disorder that occurs when the body’s defense system attacks part of the nervous system mistakenly causing muscle weakness and paralysis.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus as a global health emergency, because the disease, which is linked to thousands of malformations in newborns in Brazil, has spread rapidly.