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    Minister of Health follows up in Suchitepéquez on actions regarding acute neurological illness suspected of Guillain Barré

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    MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE -MSPAS-

    February 12, 2024


    To continue the monitoring, prevention and research actions on the suspected acute neurological disease of Guillain Barré, the Minister of Public Health and Social Assistance, Oscar A. Cordon Cruz, held a work day in Mazatenango, Suchitepéquez, in where he met with local authorities.

    The head of the Health Ministry reported that to date 69 accumulated cases and five deaths have been reported. Likewise, additional sampling of water, land and food is expedited to rule out the presence of toxins, pesticides or heavy materials, for which we work together with the ministries of Agriculture, Livestock and Food, as well as the Environment and Natural Resources.

    He reiterated to the population of Suchitepéquez to continue with prevention measures to counteract diseases, where hand washing is important, the correct preparation of food and safe water for consumption.

    In this work that is carried out in the town through the National Hospital of Mazatenango and the Departmental Directorate of Integrated Health Services Networks - DDRISS of Suchitepéquez, he reiterated that it is done jointly, where there is support from the municipal government, the Guatemalan Social Security Institute –IGSS- and where they will also work with other mayors.

    Minister Cordon Cruz also emphasized that civil society is a fundamental part of being able to monitor these situations, to guarantee accountability, transparency and that the population has first-hand official information.

    To ensure the well-being of the population, health personnel continue to visit establishments to establish compliance with health standards. Added to this is providing information to food merchants and the general population to follow hygiene standards, among them, the “10 Golden Rules”, which are:

    • Buy foods that are fresh and clean. Wash fruits and vegetables with water
    • Boil water for drinking and preparing food
    • Avoid mixing raw and cooked foods
    • Wash your hands when cooking, before eating, after using the bathroom or changing diapers
    • Make sure food is thoroughly cooked
    • Eat cooked food immediately
    • Disinfect kitchen surfaces and utensils with bleach
    • Store leftover food properly
    • Cover food to avoid contact with insects, rodents and other animals
    • Heat food well before eating





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      Update on cases of acute neurological disease suspected of Guillain Barré

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      MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE -MSPAS-


      February 12, 2024

      The well-being and health care of the Guatemalan population being crucial, the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance -MSPAS- continues with monitoring, surveillance, studies and prevention measures against the suspected acute neurological disease of Guillain Barré. Of this count, to date 69 accumulated cases have been reported, of which 78% are patients from Suchitepéquez (54). The majority belongs to the group between 30 and 64 years old (64%). A total of five deaths are also recorded.

      The Directorate of Epidemiology and Risk Management indicates that the cases have dates of onset of symptoms from November 24, 2023 to February 3, 2024. Of the total registered, they come from the following places:

      • Cuyotenango 15
      • San Bernardino 7
      • Samayac 9
      • Mazatenango 7
      • Chicacao 4
      • San Pablo Jocopilas 3
      • San Francisco Zapotitlán 2
      • Santo Tomás La Unión 2
      • San Lorenzo 1
      • San Antonio Suchitepéquez 3
      • Pueblo Nuevo 1
      • San Andrés Villa Seca , Retaluleu 6
      • Retalhuleu 1
      • Nuevo San Carlos 1
      • Huehuetenango 2
      • Quetzaltenango capital 1
      • Colomba Costa Cuca 1
      • Guatemala 1
      • Villa Nueva 1
      • Nahualá, Sololá 1

      The group of cases residing in other departments outside of Suchitepéquez have a history of visiting, transiting or consuming products from this department, between one or two weeks prior to the onset of symptoms.

      Studies

      More studies continue to be done to understand and continue taking action regarding this outbreak or unusual increase in cases. Likewise, the Health portfolio continues work to control and promote prevention standards with the population.

      In this sense, visits and inspections to food businesses were intensified, where special emphasis is placed on the correct preparation of food, personal hygiene of food handlers, and safe water for consumption. These businesses are verified to have the respective health documentation.

      Informative talks are held for food handlers who must carry their respective card that determines that they have received the workshops related to the protection of consumer health.

      The work meetings of the multidisciplinary team with various sectors of the population and local authorities and the installation of the communication table, since working together is vital to counteract diseases. In this sense, food and water sampling continues, which are part of the field work coordinated with those involved.

      Don't be alarmed and follow recommendations

      By following prevention measures, each person reduces the risks of diseases. If you present symptoms of diarrhea, fever, respiratory problems, weakness in the muscles of the face, a sensation of numbness or tingling in the arms and hands, or progressive weakness in the legs, it is essential to visit the Health services for prompt and timely care. since these are similar symptoms of Guillain Barré syndrome.

      The Ministry of Health reiterates the call not to let our guard down and maintain personal hygiene measures, since it allows the members of the household to be protected and, in the case of food merchants, to take care of their customers.





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      • #18
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        Ministry of Health registers 72 cases of acute neurological disease suspected of Guillain Barré

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        February 13, 2024

        The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance -MSPAS- carries out monitoring, surveillance, studies and prevention measures against the suspected acute neurological disease of Guillain Barré. From this account, for today, February 13, 72 accumulated cases are reported, distributed as follows: Suchitepéquez 56, Retalhuleu 8, Huehuetenango 2, Quetzaltenango 2, Guatemala 2 and Sololá 2.

        The Directorate of Epidemiology and Risk Management indicates that the cases have dates of onset of symptoms from November 24, 2023 to February 3, 2024. The largest number of cases is in Suchitepéquez and the group of cases residents of other departments They have a history of visiting, transiting or consuming products from this department, between one or two weeks prior to the onset of symptoms.

        Starting today, the Ministry of Health expands the Population Alert/Epidemiological Alert to the area of ​​Boca Costa de Sololá, specifically Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán and Nahualá, Guineales Xij Ajayu and La Ceiba, due to its proximity to Suchitepéquez. This is an expansion of the alert, after on February 1 it declared a Population Alert/Epidemiological Alert in the departments of Suchitepéquez, Escuintla, Coatepeque in Quetzaltenango and Retalhuleu.

        Studies

        Studies continue in search of the origin of this outbreak or unusual increase in cases; Likewise, the Health portfolio continues with work to control and promote prevention standards with the population.

        In this sense, visits and inspections to food businesses are intensified, where special emphasis is placed on adequate food preparation, personal hygiene of food handlers, safe water for consumption and it is verified that they have the respective health documentation.

        Informative talks are held for food handlers who must carry their respective card that determines that they have received the workshops related to the protection of consumer health.

        The work meetings of the multidisciplinary team with various sectors of the population and local authorities and the installation of the communication table, since working together is vital to counteract diseases. In this sense, food and water sampling continues, which are part of the field work coordinated with those involved.

        Don't be alarmed and follow recommendations

        By following prevention measures, each person reduces the risks of diseases. If you present symptoms such as: diarrhea, fever, breathing problems, weakness in the muscles of the face, which may occur before the sensation of numbness or tingling in the arms and hands, or progressive weakness in the legs, it is essential to visit the nearest hospital for prompt and timely care.

        The Ministry of Health reiterates the call not to let our guard down and to maintain personal hygiene measures, since they allow the members of the household to be protected and in the case of food merchants, to take care of the health of their clients.
        ...

        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela

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          Neurological disease: Health asks PAHO for support to carry out analysis

          By Hedy Quino Tzoc-February 14, 2024

          The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) announced that they will request the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to carry out the analyzes that seek to detect the causes of the acute neurological disease.

          The Minister of Health, Oscar Cordón, indicated that they have made changes in the analysis procedures to accelerate the investigations, among them is the assignment of a permanent team in Suchitepéquez, as well as continuing with the coordination between the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN).

          “We have requested support from the Pan American Health Office, to highlight two additional epidemiologists in the region, and requested two epidemiologists from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, United States,” he explained.


          Cordón reported that Salud is in coordination with Fundegua so that the “Alma Responde” application transfers information on the neurological disease and will also be used for the School Health program.

          Alma Responde was key during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide information to the population about this disease.

          El Ministerio de Salud Pública y Asistencia Social (MSPAS) dio a conocer que solicitarán el apoyo de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) para realizar los análisis que buscan detectar las causas de la enfermedad neurológica aguda.


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          This is the possible cause of the cases of neurological disease in the country

          By Mariana Farfán
          February 14, 2024, 5:14 p.m.

          This is the possible cause of the cases of neurological disease in the country. The Minister of Health reported on what could be causing the acute neurological disease.

          The head of the Health Ministry , Oscar Cordón , shared on the social network

          "We are going to get out of this outbreak. I appreciate the support of epidemiologists, infectologists and experts who have provided support and carry out research work, to better care for patients with acute neurological disease," the minister wrote, sharing photographs of their work.

          "We have the cases identified, we know the condition of the patients and their geographical location. We are in coordination with the Emergency Operations Center, to ensure the prevention of future cases," the minister wrote.

          The outbreak would be related to an infection

          The Ministry has received support from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pan American Health Organization, to try to find out the cause. In his publication, the minister reports that the neurological condition would be related to a bacterial infection.

          "Given that the condition is related to gastric disease due to bacterial infection, a safety table has been installed and hygiene checks have been carried out in food services," the minister wrote. In recent days, actions have been reinforced to ensure the correct handling of food and safe water for consumption.

          "We continued taking samples and yesterday a case-control study began with technical support from PAHO and CDC," he writes. He closes by saying: "It has been an enormous challenge, but with the support and action of the entire Guatemalan society, we will move forward. It is our commitment," he concludes.

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          Esta es la posible causa de los casos de enfermedad neurológica en el país. El ministro de Salud informó sobre lo que podría estar causando la enfermedad neurológica aguda. OTRAS NOTICIAS: ¿Hospitales cuentan con el medicamento para combatir la enfermedad neurológica?El titular
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            A team of ten experts in epidemiological surveillance and avian biosecurity was deployed in Suchitepéquez, with the aim of increasing bird monitoring in the region, an action carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA).

            This brigade has carried out research in different production units, among which the Poultry Guadalupe fattening facility stands out, where 30 samples were taken per production unit, covering a total of 16,000 birds.

            In addition, 360 bird swabs were carried out in 17 communities, distributed in 5 municipalities of Suchitepéquez.

            The results so far show the absence of avian diseases in all verified backyard poultry centers, both in Suchitepéquez and in the departments of Quetzaltenango, Retalhuleu and Huehuetenango.

            MAGA reaffirms its commitment to continue working in close collaboration with local authorities, communities and producers, to guarantee the health and well-being of poultry farming and thereby contribute to food security throughout the country.


            https://www.maga.gob.gt/maga-refuerz...suchitepequez/
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            • #21
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              Neurological disease: Health explains sample analysis results

              Contamination by different bacteria has been detected in water and food samples, but the search for other probable causes of the condition continues.

              February 16, 2024 8:49 am
              Nancy Alvarez

              The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) announced this Friday, February 16, the situation of the acute neurological disease , suspected of Guillain Barré , which registers an outbreak in the country. According to the authorities, the majority of cases continue to be present in the department of Suchitepéquez .

              Currently, the analysis of samples taken from soil, patients and water sources in the localities where cases have occurred continues. The backyard birds are also checked and the food is examined so that the results can guide what may be the probable cause of the increase in affected patients.

              "No food should be stigmatized, as gastrointestinal infections can arise from different sources. As a possible cause of this high case record of Guillain Barré, it has been seen in patients' stool sample the bacterium Campylobacter and quickly associated with chicken, but not only this can contain it, also meat and others," said one of the delegates.

              Likewise, he indicated that samples have been taken during February and the results allow us to guide what the probable cause of this situation may be.

              Factors ruled out as causes of the disease

              According to the samples sent to Atlanta, United States, for now, the presence of poliovirus has been ruled out in cases of acute neurological disease.

              In addition, the MSPAS pointed out that Guillain Barré could be caused by diseases such as dengue, chikungunya or Zika, for which samples were taken and analyzed by the National Health Laboratory to find out if they could be triggering factors for this outbreak.

              “In all the samples taken from the patients the result was negative, so it is ruled out that this could be one of the causes of this cluster of cases that has occurred specifically in Suchitepéquez,” it was explained at the press conference.

              Finding of bacteria

              The analyzes carried out on the water have been able to establish the existence of coliform bacteria, shigella and others that are normally present in fecal matter. This contamination of the vital liquid could be causing gastrointestinal diseases that, preliminarily, have been known to occur before the symptoms of the neurological disease appear.

              Regarding infections, it was indicated that they can be acquired not only through water, but also through poorly handled food or environmental causes, issues that continue to be analyzed.

              Given these findings, the MSPAS reiterated the importance of addressing the following recommendations in order to protect the health of the population:

              Wash your hands: before and after using the bathroom or changing diapers and before eating.
              Hygiene when cooking food: avoid contact with raw and cooked food, food must be well cooked, avoid contact of insects with food, disinfect kitchen instruments after preparing food.
              Adequate hydration: consume at least eight glasses of water a day.

              El Ministerio de Salud actualizó la situación de la enfermedad neurológica aguda, sospechosa de Guillain Barré.
              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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              • #22
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                Health establishes that Guillain-Barré syndrome affects the southern coast of the country

                By Marysabel Aldana-February 16, 2024

                The Ministry of Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) announced this Friday, February 16, that the acute neurological disease, as it was known, was actually Guillain-Barré syndrome, and that it affected the population of the south coast. from the country.

                From that account, it was also detailed that of the 72 cases registered, 60 patients are in the process of recovery.

                Authorities ruled out studies related to the presence of heavy metals and polio as potential causes.

                THEY CONFIRM THE CONDITION
                Through a press conference, it was indicated that through the corresponding laboratory analyzes it was possible to establish that the condition that since December 2023, which affects the mobility and muscles of the human body, is Guillain-Barré syndrome.

                Although the disease has already been confirmed, authorities continue to conduct extensive investigations into water and food, as part of ongoing efforts to identify and address any contributing factors to these cases of disease, as its origin has not been established. .

                Epidemiologist Edgar Santos explained that the outbreak presented a common infectious element. In addition, he highlighted the importance of reinforcing prevention measures.

                According to the Ministry of Health, the capabilities of the National Health Laboratory (LNS) staff to identify Campylobacter have been strengthened. In that sense, two workers went to Colombia to specialize.

                65 percent of the cases occurred in patients between 30 and 40 years old, according to Ministry of Health authorities.

                El MSPAS dio a conocer que se estableció la enfermedad neurológica aguda, como se conoció, es en realidad el síndrome Guillain-Barré


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                Health explains what the recently confirmed Guillain Barré Syndrome consists of

                By Heidi Loarca Oliva -February 17, 2024

                The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) managed to establish that the acute neurological disease that has affected the population in the south of the country is Guillain Barré Syndrome and offers details about the condition.

                After confirming that the condition is the aforementioned syndrome, the MSPAS provides details about the disease.

                According to the entity, Guillain Barré Syndrome is a rare disorder in which the immune system attacks the nervous system. It has been established that 1 in 3 patients may be affected in the thoracic muscles which makes breathing difficult.

                Regarding the probabilities of recovery, the Health Ministry maintains that patients can be fully recovered, including those diagnosed as serious. However, there is a possibility that 2 out of 10 patients will have a slower recovery due to weakness.

                Science has not yet been able to establish the specific cause that causes the syndrome in question. So far what has been detected is that the majority of cases suffer from the syndrome after having suffered a bacterial or viral infection.

                As a risk factor, Salud warns that the most common thing is if a person has a history of gastroenteritis due to infection with the Campylobacter jejuni bacteria and other bacteria.

                Likewise, it can influence as a side effect of other viruses such as Epstein-Barr, influenza, Covid-19 and those arbovirus-related cases such as dengue, zika and chikungunya.

                SYMPTOMS OF GUILLAIN BARRÉ SYNDROME
                Diarrhea, fever, or breathing problems
                Progressive weakness in the legs
                Tingling or numbness in arms and hands
                Weakness in the muscles of the face

                The MSPAS clarifies that Guillain Barré Syndrome is not contagious. However, the entity highlights the following recommendations:

                Washing hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before eating.
                Perform adequate hygiene when cooking food, this means avoiding cross-contact between raw and cooked food. In addition, food should be well cooked and covered, keeping it away from insects. It is also important to disinfect kitchen instruments after preparing food.
                Proper hydration is necessary by consuming drinking, chlorinated or boiled water.
                Keep all areas of the house and surroundings clean.
                Avoid self-medication.
                At the first symptoms you should go to the nearest hospital.

                Health authorities detail that so far of 72 cases registered, 60 patients are in the process of recovery.

                El Ministerio de Salud Pública y Asistencia Social (MSPAS), logró establecer que la enfermedad neurológica aguda que ha afectado a la población del sur del país es el Síndrome Guillain Barré y ofrece detalles sobre el padecimiento.


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                Ministry of Public Health@MinSaludGuate

                Guillain Barré Syndrome, Acute Neurological Disease is not contagious from person to person. Let's stay calm and follow the instructions of the Ministry of Health #MSPAS .
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                • #23
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                  Guillain-Barré in Guatemala: Ministry of Health continues to investigate the causes

                  The world of science still does not have a clear answer about the cause of Guillain-Barré syndrome, and Health reports 72 cases in the country.

                  Yuliza Muñoz by Yuliza Muñoz February 24, 2024
                  ...
                  Guatemala City, February 24 (AGN).- The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) continues investigating to identify what triggered the viral and bacterial infections that resulted in cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome.

                  The Health Ministry mentions that the cause could be associated with toxic substances, however, it is still being analyzed. According to the MSPAS, one of the most common risk factors is a history of gastroenteritis due to infection with the Campylobacter jejuni bacteria and other bacteria. To all this, Health mentions that the disease could also be related to other viruses such as Esptein-Barr, influenza, COVID-19, linked to arboviruses such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya.
                  ...

                  El MSPAS continúa investigando para identificar a ciencia cierta las causas de la enfermedad neurológica aguda síndrome de Guillain-Barré.
                  "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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                  • #24
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                    Update on cases of acute neurological disease Guillain Barré

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                    February 26, 2024

                    The well-being and health care of the Guatemalan population being crucial, the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance -MSPAS- continues with monitoring, surveillance, studies and prevention measures against the acute neurological disease Guillain Barré. Of this account, to date 80 accumulated cases have been reported, with symptom onset dates from November 24, 2023 to February 25, 2024; In addition, the record of five deaths continues.

                    Suchitepéquez continues to register the highest number of cases with 63 in the following municipalities:

                    • Cuyotenango 16
                    • Samayac 9
                    • Mazatenango 8
                    • San Bernardino 7
                    • Chicacao 7
                    • San Pablo Jocopilas 4
                    • San Antonio 4
                    • San Francisco Zapotitlán 2 •
                    Santo Tomás La Unión 2 •
                    San José La Maquina 2 •
                    San Lorenzo 1
                    • Pueblo Nuevo 1

                    They are followed by Retalhuleu with nine cases in San Andrés Villa Seca (6), departmental cacabecera (1), Nuevo San Carlos (1) and San Felipe (1), two cases in Huehuetenango, two in Quetzaltenango, of which one is in the departmental capital and another in Colomba Costa Cuca.

                    In the department of Guatemala there are two cases, one in the capital city and another in Villa Nueva; two in Sololá, of which one is in Nahualá and another in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán.
                    The Ministry of Health teams continue the investigation to advance in the causes of the outbreak or unusual increase in cases. Added to this is the field work carried out in Suchitepéquez with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which has allowed interviews to be carried out with patients, medical personnel and the taking of samples in water and food supply systems. among others, with which the following results have been obtained:

                    • Inspections in 21 municipalities
                    • Monitoring of food businesses in markets, street sales, sales of alcoholic beverages
                    • 19 establishments closed preventively in Cuyotenango (13), San Bernardino (4) and Río Bravo (2).
                    • Talks to food handlers
                    • Extension of food handling cards issued
                    • Notices to vendors to request their food handling cards, which are essential, since it allows them to establish that they have received the educational talks

                    The Health portfolio reiterates to the population that health care efforts belong to everyone, since when implementing prevention measures we are contributing to the benefit of our communities.
                    ...

                    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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                        Update on cases of acute neurological disease Guillain Barré

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                        MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE -MSPAS-


                        February 28, 2024

                        Guaranteeing the well-being and health of the Guatemalan population is a priority for the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance -MSPAS- which maintains monitoring, surveillance, studies and prevention measures against the acute neurological disease Guillain Barré, of which To date, 82 accumulated cases have been reported, with the date of onset of symptoms from November 24, 2023 to February 26, 2024, with five deaths recorded.

                        Suchitepéquez remains the department with the most cases, 65, distributed in the municipalities of:

                        • Cuyotenango 16
                        • Samayac 10
                        • Mazatenango 8
                        • San Bernardino 8
                        • Chicacao 7
                        • San Pablo Jocopilas 4
                        • San Antonio 4
                        • San Francisco Zapotitlán 2
                        • Santo Tomás La Unión 2 •
                        San José La Maquina 2
                        • San Lorenzo 1
                        • Pueblo Nuevo 1

                        Retalhuleu reports nine cases in San Andrés Villa Seca (6), in the departmental capital (1), Nuevo San Carlos (1) and San Felipe (1). While there are two cases in Huehuetenango and two in Quetzaltenango, one is in the departmental capital and another in Colomba Costa Cuca. In the department of Guatemala, one case is reported in the capital city and another in Villa Nueva. Meanwhile, Sololá, one is recorded in Nahualá and another in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán.

                        The Ministry of Health teams continue the investigation to advance in the causes of the outbreak or unusual increase in cases.
                        ...

                        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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                          Update on cases of acute neurological disease Guillain Barré

                          RELEASE
                          MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE -MSPAS-


                          March 2, 2024

                          Guaranteeing the well-being and health of the Guatemalan population is a priority for the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance -MSPAS- which maintains monitoring, surveillance, studies and prevention measures against the acute neurological disease Guillain Barré, of which To date, 83 accumulated cases have been reported, with the date of onset of symptoms from November 24, 2023 to February 26, 2024, withfive deaths recorded.

                          Suchitepéquez remains the department with the most cases, 66, distributed in the municipalities of:

                          • Cuyotenango 16
                          • Samayac 10
                          • Mazatenango 8
                          • San Bernardino 8
                          • Chicacao 7
                          • San Pablo Jocopilas 4
                          • San Antonio 4
                          • San Francisco Zapotitlán 2
                          • Santo Tomás La Unión 2 •
                          San José La Maquina 2
                          • San Lorenzo 1
                          • Pueblo Nuevo 1
                          • Saint Joseph of the Idol 1

                          Retalhuleu reports nine cases in San Andrés Villa Seca (6), in the departmental capital (1), Nuevo San Carlos (1) and San Felipe (1). While there are two cases in Huehuetenango and two in Quetzaltenango, one is in the departmental capital and another in Colomba Costa Cuca. In the department of Guatemala, one case is reported in the capital city and another in Villa Nueva. Meanwhile, Sololá, one is recorded in Nahualá and another in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán.

                          Currently there are 72 patients in the process of recovery, 6 hospitalized and 5 people who have died.

                          The Ministry of Health teams continue the investigation to advance in the causes of the outbreak or unusual increase in cases.
                          ...

                          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                          -Nelson Mandela

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                              Update on cases of acute neurological disease Guillain Barré

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                              MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE -MSPAS-


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                              March 20, 2024

                              Guaranteeing the well-being and health of the Guatemalan population is a priority for the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance -MSPAS- which maintains monitoring, surveillance, studies and prevention measures against the acute neurological disease Guillain Barré. Meanwhile, the population continues to implement prevention measures. According to the latest update, to date 87 accumulated cases have been reported, with the date of onset of symptoms from November 24, 2023 to February 27, 2024, with five deaths recorded.

                              This joint work between the population and authorities has allowed the Guillain Barré outbreak to be controlled, for which the Ministry of Health thanks the population for the positive response to the recommendations and urges them to continue with the prevention measures provided by the Director of Epidemiology. and Risk Management, Dr. Edgar Santos: “It is necessary to continue with the actions of constant hand washing with soap and water, consume chlorinated or boiled water, cook food well, avoid mixing cooked foods with raw foods, among others to avoid getting sick. and thus be susceptible to the disease.”

                              Suchitepéquez remains the department with the most cases, 70, distributed in the municipalities of:

                              • Cuyotenango 16
                              • Samayac 10
                              • Mazatenango 9
                              • San Bernardino 8
                              • Chicacao 7
                              • San Pablo Jocopilas 4
                              • San Antonio 5
                              • San Francisco Zapotitlán 3 •
                              Santo Tomás La Unión 3 • San
                              José La Maquina 2 •
                              San Lorenzo 1
                              • Pueblo Nuevo 1
                              • Saint Joseph of the Idol 1

                              Retalhuleu reports nine cases in San Andrés Villa Seca (6), in the departmental capital (1), Nuevo San Carlos (1) and San Felipe (1). While there are two cases in Huehuetenango and two in Quetzaltenango, one is in the departmental capital and another in Colomba Costa Cuca. In the department of Guatemala, one case is reported in the capital city and another in Villa Nueva. Meanwhile, Sololá, one is recorded in Nahualá and another in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán.

                              Currently there are 80 patients in the process of recovery, 2 hospitalized and 5 people who have died.

                              The majority of patients belong to the group between 30 and 64 years (67%), with an average age of 41 years, median age 43 years, with a predominance of males 64.4%.

                              The Ministry of Health teams continue the investigation to advance in the causes of the outbreak or unusual increase in cases. Added to this is the field work carried out in Suchitepéquez with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which has allowed interviews to be carried out with patients, medical personnel and the taking of samples in water and food supply systems. among others.

                              Likewise, informative talks are held for food handlers who must carry their respective card that determines that they have received the workshops related to the protection of consumer health.

                              The Ministry of Health reiterates its commitment to ensure the well-being of Guatemalans and urges the population not to "let down their guard", since health care is everyone's task.

                              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                              -Nelson Mandela

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                                April 28, 2024
                                By News Desk

                                Consumption of poorly prepared food has been identified as a factor in a fatal Guillain-Barré outbreak in Guatemala.

                                Findings come from the results of case control studies announced by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) and the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security (IGSS). ...

                                In total, 87 cases were reported in the outbreak, of which five died. 40 percent of patients were recorded in Cuyotenango and Samayac, in the Suchitepéquez region, and 80 percent were between 15 and 64 years old. ...

                                Presence of Campylobacter was confirmed in some of the stool samples taken, suggesting transmission of the bacteria in food. ...

                                Consumption of poorly prepared food has been identified as a factor in a fatal Guillain-Barré outbreak in Guatemala. Findings come from the results of



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