Lima: A dangerous disease has spread in the South American country of Peru. This is Guillain-Barré syndrome. Its cases have increased rapidly across the country. A 90-day national health emergency was then declared on Monday. According to the report, the country has observed an abnormal increase of 165 cases, and four people have died due to it. We tell you that Peru issued an alert on June 27 regarding these increasing cases.
What is Guillain-Barre Syndrome?
Guillain-Barré syndrome is a neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks our nerves. It starts with tremors and weakness in the arms and legs and can spread quickly. It can even paralyze the body. Most people with this condition require hospitalization for treatment. Currently, the exact cause of this disorder is still unknown. The report found that two-thirds of patients had symptoms of either Covid-19 or a gastrointestinal infection or Zika virus in the past six weeks.
Symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome
Tingling sensation in fingers, toes, wrists or sometimes even arms and face.
Weakness in legs, difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
Difficulty moving the face. Difficulty speaking, chewing or swallowing.
It makes the victim see double. There is also difficulty in moving the pupils of the eyes.
There may be a feeling of convulsions in the body.
Shortness of breath and fast heart rate.
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Types of Guillain-Barré syndrome
There are three forms of Guillain-Barré syndrome – acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (AIDP), Miller Fisher syndrome and acute motor axonal neuropathy. Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (AIDP) is the most common form found in North America and Europe. The most common symptom of this form is muscle weakness, which spreads throughout the body. Miller Fisher syndrome is less common in the Americas and more common in Asia, and motor axonal neuropathy is more common in China, Japan, and Mexico. All symptoms are generally similar.
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First Published: July 12, 2023, 10:03 IST