PERNAMBUCO, Brazil (KDKA) — Researchers in Brazil believe there may be a connection between the Zika virus and a brain disease that has symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis, according to Newsweek.Pittsburgh Weather: Snowfall Could Make For Challenging Evening Commute
The study examined six patients in Brazil who tested positive for the Zika virus and began to experience neurological symptoms within two weeks of their Zika diagnosis. Two of those patients were diagnosed with ADEM, which causes severe inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, similar to MS.
According to Newsweek, the patients later continued to experience central nervous system problems. Most had some issues with mobility, while one experienced problems with vision and one had some memory and cognitive issues.READ MORE: Second Suspect In Clearview Mall Parking Lot Shooting Surrenders
Previous studies researched a connection between Zika and Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). Four of the six patients in the Brazilian study were diagnosed with GBS.MORE NEWS: Footprints In Snow Outside Of Westinghouse Academy Lead Police To Gun
Newsweek says researchers will present their findings at an American Academy of Neurology meeting in Vancouver this week.