Guillain Barre joins viruses clan in Lebanon, treatment cost mounts to USD 30 thousand

June 2, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Just recently, physicians in Lebanon managed to diagnose a new virus that is transmitted by air or food, and that starts with an ordinary flu or even a stomach ache, before turning into a nerve infection and arms and legs weakness. This virus is called Guillain Barre, or, more specifically, acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.

Germal and internal diseases specialist, Pr. George Khalil, told the National News Agency that there were many seasonal diseases, among which pneumonia which might lead to the deterioration of the patient’s condition.

“We notice that every two or three years, some Lebanese are hit by such diseases. If they are not treated on the right time, they risk losing ability to walk and move, while some others have difficulties breathing. This virus is called Guillain Barre,” he added.

“It results from an infection or bacteria with symptoms varying from diarrhea and stomach ache to high temperature and flu,” he explained.

“Two weeks after the end of the symptoms, Guillain Barre starts to reveal. Its symptoms include numbness of fingers and toes, weakness of legs and arms, and shortened breaths.

When feeling any of the symptoms, the patient must head to the doctor to carry out the necessary tests.

But, the Professor says, the treatment must be quick and its cost mounts to USD 30 thousands.

SOURCE: NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY- LEBANON