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Ministry of Health investigating potential case of meningitis in Belize City

Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2024. 6:05 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Nearly two months after a serious case of bacterial meningitis was identified in a nine-year-old boy from Belmopan who was left hospitalized and another child was suspected of infection, a six-year-old attending Holy Redeemer Primary School possibly faces the same diagnosis.

This evening, the Ministry of Health and Wellness confirmed that it has been alerted to the potential case. Preliminary laboratory results suggest that it is not bacterial meningitis and that the child is currently in good health.

The Ministry says it is conducting further tests and implementing recommended measures in schools and among individuals in contact with the child through the Central Health Region, with support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology

The school sent a notice today indicating that the child last attended school on Monday, and his classmates are at home today.

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes of the brain, called meninges, which can leave long-lasting side effects. The school and the Ministry remind you that you should seek medical care for your child if he or she exhibits intensive headache, nausea or vomiting, stiff neck, rash, diarrhea, and fever.

The school assured that its health protocols including water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices and in heightened surveillance of ill children attending classes are followed and restroom facilities are sanitized daily.

 

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