The Ministry of Health is dismissing allegations of a recent news report which stated that seven babies were affected by Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) as a result of the Zika virus.

In a release today the Ministry stated that while there have been seven cases of GBS in Trinidad and Tobago for 2016, tests have ruled out Zika as the cause and further to this all patients with this diagnose were adults.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a sickness of the nervous system in which a person’s own immune system damages nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. The ministry of health also noted that while several countries experiencing Zika outbreaks have recently reported increases in GBS, it is important to know that there are several other medical conditions which can cause this Syndrome.

Investigations into the link between GBS and Zika continue worldwide, although current research suggests that there is a strong correlation between the two, only a small number of people with Zika virus infections get GBS.