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What increases my risk for Guillain-Barre syndrome?

Certain types of infections (cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, smallpox-vaccinia, hepatitis B or C, and HIV), surgery. and less commonly vaccinations are known to trigger GBS and thus increase one's risk of developing GBS. 
While viral infections and exposure to vaccinations are common in most people, it should be understood that GBS is a very rare condition. 
Guillain-Barre syndrome can affect anyone, but most people develop the condition during adulthood. You may be at a greater risk for Guillain-Barre syndrome if you have recently had an infection, surgery, or immunizations. In rare cases, the syndrome has been linked to infection with the tropical Zika virus. People with Hodgkin's disease, HIV, Epstein-Barr virus, or mononucleosis are also at higher risk.

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