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Ministry of Health monitoring Whooping Cough case

Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2018. 10:01 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has notified the Ministry of Health of a confirmed Pertussis (whooping cough) case from a visitor who travelled to Belize during the third week of March 2018.

Since the alert notification on April 13, the Ministry has activated an investigative team to inform and follow-up with as many contact persons the infected person may have interacted with.

Based on the information received from the CDC, the visitor was considered infectious during their travel in Belize.

To date, the Ministry has no confirmed case detected in Belize from this imported case.

However, the Ministry continues to monitor the situation.

Whooping cough is a bacterial infection  which causes with very violent and uncontrollable episodes of cough, difficulty breathing with a ‘whooping noise’ usually at the end of the cough episode, vomiting that occurs during or after coughing, and exhaustion after the cough episode.

If you or anyone around you present these symptoms, please visit or report to your nearest health center.

After exposure, the infection can be transmitted during the first two weeks and the infection can last for up to six/ten weeks.

Clinics are providing a whooping cough-containing vaccine, free of cost for children under age five who are considered most at risk.

Parents are asked to ensure that your child/children are protected against pertussis.

Whooping cough can be managed if detected with antibiotic treatment and it is given to anyone who shows symptoms and was in direct contact with an infected person.

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