CMO allays concerns about Guillain-Barre syndrome in St Lucia

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Merlene Fredericks has sought to allay concerns over a possible outbreak of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) in St Lucia.

GBS is a rare disorder in which the immune system attacks the nerves which can ultimately lead to paralysis.

Her statement comes in the wake of a video circulating on social media referencing the disease and raising concern among individuals who did not realize that the clip was old.

Dr. Fredericks made it clear that there is no outbreak of GBS in St Lucia or the other OECS countries.

“We just want persons to know that it isn’t everything you say on the media, especially social media, is probably current. Sometimes it’s something that’s happened very long ago and then it comes back and persons may be a bit concerned but persons should not be concerned right now,” she stated.

St Lucia recorded six cases of GBS during the Zika epidemic last year however Fredericks noted that no cases of the disease have been recorded on the island so far this year.