Peru Declares Health Emergency in Response to Guillain-Barre Syndrome Outbreak

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Peru declared a 90-day national health emergency on Monday in response to a significant rise in cases of the rare neurological disorder known as Guillain-Barre syndrome. Reports indicate that the country has experienced an alarming surge of 165 cases, resulting in the unfortunate loss of four lives. In light of the escalating situation, Peru had previously issued an alert on June 27 to raise awareness about the growing number of cases.

Guillain-Barre syndrome is a relatively uncommon neurological disorder characterized by an autoimmune response in which the body’s immune system mistakenly targets the peripheral nerves. The initial symptoms often include tingling sensations and weakness in the hands and feet, which can rapidly progress and eventually lead to paralysis. Due to the severity of the condition, hospitalization is frequently required for treatment and management.

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