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Guillain Barre Syndrome claims victim in Santiago

The authorities at the Centro Medico Cibao in Santiago, announced yesterday, Wednesday, 20 April 2016 that a patient has died of Guillain Barre Syndrome. The hospital reported that a 62-year old patient, Rafael Camilo Filpo Espinal, had died of Guillain-Barre late last month. Guillain-Barre syndrome is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. In many instances, the weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body. These symptoms can increase in intensity until the muscles cannot be used at all and the person is almost totally paralyzed.

Most individuals affected, however, have good recovery from even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), although some continue to have some degree of weakness.

Guillain-Barre syndrome is rare. It usually occurs a few days or weeks after the patient has had symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection. Occasionally, surgery will trigger the syndrome. In rare instances, vaccinations may increase the risk of GBS. The disorder can develop over the course of hours or days, or it may take up to three to four weeks. No one yet knows why Guillain-Barre strikes some people and not others or what sets the disease in motion. What scientists do know is that the body’s immune system begins to attack the body itself, causing what is known as an autoimmune disease.

This is the first fatality officially attributed to the Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Public Health Ministry officials in Santiago have not referred to this case. Last Monday the director general of the Jose Maria Cabral y Baez University Hospital confirmed reports that a Haitian national with symptoms of GBS had been hospitalized for 12 days. Listin Diario reported that at least one pregnant woman is among the Guillian-Barre cases reported in the country. Most of the cases reported are from the National District and the province of Santo Domingo. The deputy minister for Collective Health, Nelson Rodriguez Monegro, told reporters that there are 49 cases in the system as of this week.

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