Peru: Guillain-Barre Syndrome cases down by over 70%

00:00 | Lima, Jun. 25.

Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) cases have dropped by over 70% in Peru, according to the latest report of the 25th week issued by the Health Ministry (Minsa).

"Only 34 cases were registered during the 25th week (June 16-22), compared to the 130 reported in the 24th week (June 9-15). For that reason, the trend continues declining. Some hospitals are not reporting new cases," Minsa's Epidemiology, Illness Prevention and Control Director Gladys Ramirez expressed. 

In this sense, Ramirez pointed out the most significant figures were posted in Lima region, where GBS cases dropped from 42 to 7 over the recent week. 

Likewise, cases fell from 26 to 9 (Piura region), 22 to 7 (Junin region), 14 to 1 (Cajamarca region), 7 to 3 (La Libertad region), and 5 to 3 (Lambayeque region). 

On the other hand, she mentioned more patients have been discharged from hospitals.

"However, the epidemiological alert continues, we have not lowered our guard," Ramirez stressed. 

The director went on to add an investigation is currently in development with the National Health Institute (INS) and the National Neurological Science Institute (INCN) concerning the characteristics of the outbreak, as well as the risk factors that could be linked to it. 

It should be noted the National Epidemiologic Surveillance Network (Renace) monitors the outbreak's evolution on a daily basis.

Furthermore, the state of health emergency declaration for 90 days in Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Junin, and Lima regions remains in force. 


Published: 6/25/2019