First GBS case recorded
The Clarendon Health Department has reported that the parish has confirmed its first case of the Guillain-BarrÈ 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.
- Shanique Samuels