Rare Zika Virus Complication Hits 30 in Puerto Rico. CDC Expects More.

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A report by Maggie Fox and Erika Angulo for NBC News.

Thirty people have been diagnosed with a rare paralyzing condition caused by Zika virus infection in Puerto Rico, the territory’s health department said Thursday.

And Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Thomas Frieden says he expects even more cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome in Puerto Rico because the virus is infecting so much of the population.

“We think there will be as many as 200 additional cases, given the overall number of infections there,” Frieden told NBC News.

“We expect there will be a fair number of cases.”

He said Guillain-Barre is usually seen in about every 5,000 to 10,000 infections like Zika.

Puerto Rico’s health secretary, Ana Rius Armendariz, reported the 30 cases in an update to the territory’s government Thursday.

Guillain-Barre is a rare complication of many different types of infections. It’s a usually temporary…

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