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Chikungunya confirmed in Belize

Chikungunya mosquito

Posted: Friday, November 21, 2014. 12:46 pm CST.

Chikungunya mosquito

Chikungunya mosquito

Friday, November 21, 2014. PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: The first case of Chikungunya has been confirmed in Belize.

The Ministry of Health made the announcement this morning via a press released.

The official release says that the Caribbean Public Health Agency confirmed the Chik-V case during the November 19 holiday.

The confirmed case of Chik-V, according to the official release is from the Las Flores area of Belmopan and the Ministry of Health says that it will schedule spraying activities and health education sessions will continue in the affected community.

Prior to the confirmation of the Chik-V case, the Ministry of Health had been conducting active surveillance and vector control activity in the wake of widespread suspicion that the disease had been present in the Las Flores area from last month.

While the first case has been confirmed, the Ministry of Health says it is awaiting the results of three other samples sent to the regional reference laboratory in Trinidad and Tobago.

The official statement ends by saying that “Chikungunya is a disease transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. The Ministry of Health continues to urge all households and communities to reduce mosquito breeding sites and avoid being bitten.”

 

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