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Over 7000 cases of pink eye reported in Belize

Posted: Saturday, October 7, 2017. 4:26 p.m. CST.

By Zoila Palma: Over the past month, there has been a severe outbreak of “conjunctivitis” (also known as Pink Eye) in Belize.

The Ministry of Health is reporting a total of 5,434 cases and according to a report from the Amandala Newspaper, these cases brings the total amount for this year to 7,720.

The total cases reported last year was 3,302. The significant increase of more than double the amount of cases for 2017 has Belizeans taking the necessary precautions to protect their children and family.

The Ministry of Health today issued an advisory stating that the public should avoid being in crowds and travel should be limited.

The Social Security Board (SSB) also issued an advisory regarding the outbreak and encouraged the public to claim for their benefit, however, since the Ministry of Health is advising the public to stay home, SSB will be accepting claims after the four days deadline.

SSB further stated in their advisory that claims may be filed in immediately after recovery and no later than two weeks after the illness.

The Ministry is advising the public to also wash their hands regularly and remind those who have “pink eye” to stay home or seek medical attention.

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