The health authorities of Guatemala As of this Saturday, a total of 67 cases of an unknown acute neurological disease have been recorded, which has raised alerts due to its spread on the southern coast of the Central American country and from which 4 deaths have been recorded.
According to the Health portfolio, 52 of the cases of this diseasewhich has not been identified but is associated with Guillain Barré syndrome, are concentrated in the department (province) of Suchitepéquez in the south of the country.
The origin of the disease is being investigatedbut according to preliminary Health analyzes this condition is associated with incorrect food handling, causing damage to the gastrointestinal organism.
This rare disorder affects the nerves of patients causing loss of control of the movements of the arms and legs.
Cases occur one or two weeks after having fever, diarrhea, or respiratory symptoms.
Until February 6th, Four people have been reported dead due to this disease, which includes the death of an eight-year-old child.
Furthermore, 64% of cases have been recorded in people between 30 and 60 years old.
In the last week, the Guatemalan authorities carried out a series of monitoring for hygiene control in food handlingand also the dissemination of information about the disease in Suchitepéquez, the most affected department.
In addition, the Government decided to suspend classes in the departments of Suchitepéquez and Retalhuleu due to the increase in cases. (EFE)