As if you don’t have enough going on…the Zika virus has made the news because of its ability to severely damage the brains of fetuses in pregnant women with the virus. What’s less publicized is the other damage it can do to people with suppressed immune systems, potentially those being treated for cancer or recovering from cancer treatment.
If you’re not pregnant but immune suppressed and you become infected with Zika you may get just a mild reaction such as a fever, joint pain and a rash, according to NPR. However there is an increased risk of severe problems for those whose immune systems are not what they should be. One of the possible severe problems is Guillain-Barré syndrome, according to the World Health Organization.