Zika OUTBREAK: National alert after 19 cases of INCURABLE syndrome linked to virus – Daily Star


PERU has declared a national epidemiological alert to contain what appears to be an outbreak of the rare Guillain-Barre syndrome, which is associated with the Zika virus.

Health authorities suspect more than 19 cases of the syndrome in Peru and have warned hospitals to watch for symptoms in other people, the health ministry said in a statement. 

It added that the suspected cases will be confirmed in the coming days.

Guillain-Barre, in which the immune system attacks part of the nervous system, causes gradual weakness in the legs, arms and upper body and sometimes leads to total paralysis.

Four of the patients who are suspected to have the syndrome in Peru need respirators to support their breathing, the ministry said.

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OUTBREAK: There are 19 suspected cases of the Zika virus in Peru

Researchers have found a close association between an increased number of mosquito-born Zika infections and increases in Guillain-Barre.

There were some 500 confirmed cases and 5,269 suspected cases of Zika in Peru last year, up from a combined total of 1,651 suspected and confirmed cases in 2016, according to health ministry data.

The health ministry said between 3% and 5% of Guillain-Barre cases are fatal.


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