Local East Meath Fianna Fáil Councillor,Stephen McKee, is calling on the HSE and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to carry out a full investigation into the unusually high incidence of Guillain-Barre Syndrome in the Duleek area.
McKee stated: ‘I am calling on the HSE and the EPA to carry out a full investigation into the unsually high incidence of this debilitating and life-threatening disease in the Duleek area. I understand that the condition is very rare and normally affects 1 person in every 80,000 – 100,000. However, 4 cases have now been confirmed in the Duleek area with a population of less than 6,000 so this is of some concern to local people.’
‘It is an issue that I raised in the Chamber at last week’s local Council meeting. I understand that the Irish Doctors Environmental Association have also raised concerns and are supporting an investigation into the matter along with the Louth Meath Health Protection Group. It is vital that we find out exactly what is causing this outbreak’ concluded McKee.