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30 Guillain-Barre Syndrome cases confirmed so far – ministry stats

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2016 | 12:03 PM

The latest statistics from the health ministry are showing that there have so far been 30 confirmed cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) in Jamaica.

GBS is a rare disorder in which a person's own immune system damages their nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.

The disease was brought to the fore this year after health officials confirmed it's link to the mosquito-borne Zika virus now in Jamaica.

However, the health ministry says of the 30 confirmed GBS cases only four have been linked to the Zika virus.

The Health Ministry says it has been boosting its capacity to deal with a possible increase in GBS cases.

It says it has been recruiting specially trained nurses from Cuba to assist with the illness.

The ministry also says it has brought in special GBS drugs to treat possible cases. 

Meanwhile, the health ministry says it has received over 740 notifications of pregnant women with the Zika virus but has only confirmed 77 cases.

The Zika virus poses the greatest threat to unborn babies who could develop microcephaly if they contract the virus.