Santa Barbara Hospital, where the Guillain-Barre patient is recovering. ARCHIVE
Armando Patiño, head of the department of epidemiology at the Santa Barbara Hospital in the city of Sucre, told CORREO DEL SUR about a 56-year-old patient with Guillain-Barré disease. The disease caused by the bacterium keeps Peru on a state of epidemiological alert.
The 56-year-old patient is “stable and under treatment” and “will be discharged in the next few days,” Patiño said.
According to the health authority’s report, this case was due to the effects of probable dengue fever, Zika virus or covid-19. “In some patients, these diseases cause a neurological disorder,” Patiño concluded.
Guillain-Barré syndrome, an incurable autoimmune disease, has raised public health concerns in Peru after more than 200 cases have been reported in the country, according to a report in El País newspaper.
Patients with this ailment experience muscle weakness that can lead to paralysis, difficulty breathing, and death. In this condition, the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells in your own body.
Although it is not entirely clear how to prevent the disease, most cases develop within a few weeks of infection with bacteria or viruses.