Jeff Martin and Brazilian Colleague Respond to Research Linking Zika to Guillain-Barre Syndrome

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In Correspondence in a recent issue of The Lancet, Jeff Martin, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of California, San Francisco, and his colleague Vivian Avelino-Silva of the University of Sao Paolo Medical School urge caution in the research that seeks to link Zika virus to the Guillain-Barre syndrome. 

Martin and Avelino-Silva identified fundamental violations in the methodologic conduct of a case-control study design that purported that infection with Zika virus was a cause of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. 

Martin and Avelino-Silva wrote in response to research by Van-Mai Cao-Lormeau and colleagues published in the April 9, 2016, edition of The Lancet.  

To read the full text, see the June 24 issue.