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Belize remains monkeypox-free as first samples returned negative

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Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2022. 12:59 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, three samples of interest for suspected cases of monkeypox have been returned negative.

Ministry CEO Dr. Julio Sabido indicated to Breaking Belize News that the Ministry will have an official statement in the course of the day.

Director of Public Health and Wellness Dr. Melissa Diaz Musa indicated that four samples are still to be tested and the testing protocols are in place.

Dr. Diaz Musa indicated that the disease remains contagious for at least three to four weeks, until the last scab is healed. While there is surveillance in place at the borders, the Ministry expects that it will see more cases at the health centers.

The number of cases of the virus has been steadily rising in the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and Belize is on high alert.

Persons with suspected symptoms including high fever, rash or open sores among others are advised to call or visit the nearest health center and listen to credible advice as the virus is considered contagious.

 

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