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Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017. 8:58 am CST.

By Zoila Palma: Last night, the Office of the Director of Health Services issued a statement on its social media page.

According to the statement, 14 out of 18 samples were sent out for further testing and have returned. The results found that the pink eye epidemic affecting Belize is enterovirus, meaning that it is a viral epidemic.

This also indicates that the use of antibiotics is NOT recommended unless the doctor indicates a specific reason for its use.

This report is also consistent with what the Central American and Caribbean countries have been reporting.

The Office of the Director reports that over 9,000 cases have been reported in this current epidemic with Belize, Stann Creek and Cayo districts showing an increasing rate in the last week.

Orange Walk and Corozal towns are on a slightly downward trend.

The Ministry of Health reminds that hand hygiene remains of key importance if we are to break the chain of transmission.


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