First GBS case recorded

Jamaica Gleaner - - ACROSS THE NATION - – Shanique Sa­muels

THE CLAREN­DON Health De­part­ment has re­ported that the parish has con­firmed its first case of the Guil­lain-Barré Syn­drome (GBS).

Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer of Health for Claren­don Dr Kim­berly Scar­lett Camp­bell told mem­bers at the monthly sit­ting of the Claren­don Parish Coun­cil on Thurs­day that three sus­pected cases of GBS were pre­sented to the health de­part­ment, but, af­ter test­ing, only one was con­firmed and this per­son is re­cov­er­ing well.

So far, Claren­don has recorded six con­firmed cases of the Zika virus and thou­sands of sus­pected cases. “Zika cases are down, but we do have in­ter­mit­tent cases com­ing to us,” she said.

Deputy Mayor Uphell Pur­cell al­luded that many more per­sons in the parish could have the Zika virus and ques­tioned what the Min­istry of Heath and the health de­part­ment were do­ing in terms of test­ing and treat­ment.

In re­sponse, Scar­lett Camp­bell said there has al­ready been an es­tab­lished out­break of the Zika virus. “When there is an out­break, we don’t have to sam­ple ev­ery­body. We do one in 10 sam­ples and, in such cases, per­sons can be clin­i­cally con­firmed.”

The min­istry has what is called case def­i­ni­tions, which means that per­sons have to present with cer­tain car­di­nal signs and symp­toms and all the acute vi­ral ill­nesses to be clas­si­fied as a case. How­ever, per­sons pre­sent­ing with sim­i­lar symp­toms are clas­si­fied as hav­ing an “acute vi­ral in­fec­tion”.

Scar­lett Camp­bell says the sta­tus of the parish is sta­ble and the health de­part­ment con­tin­ues to mon­i­tor the viruses.

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