Try as they might, and contrary to what many within the medical, scientific and public health communities appear to believe (oh, and the media, of course), they just haven’t been able to scientifically demonstrate a causal relationship between the Zika virus and the cases of microcephaly in Brazil.
(Yes, the race to come up with a Zika vaccine is on. Gosh, it’s even more exciting than the race to the Moon! And yes, governments (mainly the US, which now has a national debt of over $19 trillion) are getting ready to spend hundreds of millions of the public’s tax dollars to fund Zika research, and consequently funnel more money to an already phenomenally wealthy pharmaceutical industry and expand the already sizable bureaucracies of agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And yes, we’ll probably soon witness the day when all pregnant women will be mandated to get injected with the Zika vaccine. Eh… just in case.
So, now what they’ve come up with is the theory that Zika may be behind the increasing cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome—essentially another name for polio—in Brazil. Think of it as kind of a contingency plan in case they can’t make the Zika-causes-microcephaly thing stick. Hey, we’ll still need a Zika vaccine to save us from Guillain-Barré, right?
Hint: In 1994, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found compelling scientific evidence to conclude that tetanus, DT and Td vaccines can cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, including death, brachial neuritis, and death from anaphylaxis (shock). (source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weeky Report, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr4512.pdf)