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(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — Since the outbreak of the Zika virus infection in Jamaica, there has been a marked increase in the number of suspected cases of Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) in Kingston and St Andrew, the Parish Disaster Preparedness and Public Health Committee of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) was told yesterday.

The report pointed out that whereas between 2013 and 2015 there had been a total of four notifications of suspected GBS cases, " to date in 2016 there have been 94 suspected cases notified." Four of the cases of notification of suspected GSB were in December.

Dr Alecia Rob Allen of the Kingston and St Andrew Health Department told OBSERVER ONLINE that the GSB is seen in patients "post some viral illness".

"It is seen in cases of persons who have had Zika," she said.

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