Minsa issues health alert due to the increase in cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome in the Americas

Given the report of an increase in registered cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome in the Americas, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) issued an alert to the health authorities with the aim of intensifying surveillance of febrile syndrome and neurological symptoms or signs in the National territory.

Through a circular that was sent to national and regional directors, public and private hospitals, General Health Sub-Directorate, Environmental Health Sub-Directorate, Regional Epidemiology Coordinators, Epidemiology Coordinators of public and private hospitals, Vector Control Department, chiefs of epidemiology of the Social Security Fund, the Department of Epidemiology of the Minsa declared the measure.

Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.

GBS, for its acronym, causes symptoms that usually last a few weeks. Most patients recover fully, but there are those who suffer long-term nervous system damage and to a lesser extent it leads to death.

The document mentioned at the same time reinforcing the work in the Comprehensive EGI-dengue for the prevention of Arboviruses and vector control with physical, chemical and legal measures.

It should be reiterated that Guillain-Barré Syndrome has presented an increase in the number of cases, even with fatal outcomes in Peru, just like the Arbovirus.

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