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Posted: Friday, November 3, 2017. 9:59 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Social Security Board (SSB) has paid out over $1 Million in sickness benefits as a result of the extended pink eye outbreak in Belize.

According to SSB via a release yesterday, the outbreak has affected many students and employees in the workplace and many people have have missed work because of the conjunctivitis virus.

The release says that a total of 7,852 claims have been made between September 4 and October 29, a majority of which were filed in Belize City.

For the six week period, SSB had disbursed $971,431. SSB says that it has now paid 14.4 times the amount paid for the same diagnosis last year.

The report also indicates that the number of sickness benefit days paid up to October 2017 is 15 times more than the number of days paid for pink eye claims last year.

SSB says that it encourages preventative measures and will continue to closely monitor this pink eye outbreak. Insured persons are reminded of the two week extension period for the submission of claims for conjunctivitis.

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