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Pop singer Justin Bieber announced he is canceling upcoming concerts and taking a break from performing because he is suffering from Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a rare viral condition that has caused paralysis in his face.

Bieber shared his diagnosis with his fans in an Instagram video posted on June 10. “Obviously, as you can probably see from my face, I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt syndrome and it is from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear, my facial nerves, and has caused my face to have paralysis,” the star explained.

The condition has left Bieber unable to blink or smile on the affected side of his face, which he demonstrated in the video.

What Is Ramsey Hunt Syndrome?

Ramsey Hunt syndrome is a late complication of the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection, the same virus that causes chickenpox in kids and shingles in adults, says Patrick Byrne, MD, chair of the Head and Neck Institute at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

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