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Nov 16, 2015

Ministry of Health Prepares for Possible Outbreak in Belize

While Zika fever ranks lowest on the totem pole of the three related illnesses, the Ministry of Health reminds everyone to protect themselves from mosquito bites.  Preparations for the introduction of the disease are underway based on the most recent experience of Chik-V throughout the region and the Americas.

 

Isani Cayetano

“In terms of the severity of this particular virus, when compared to either Chikungunya or dengue, where does it measure?”

 

Kim Bautista

On the phone: Kim Bautista, Chief of Operations, Vector Control

“Well I believe it’s at the bottom of the list simply because it’s non-fatal.  There has never been a reported death attributed to the Zika.  The symptoms are similar in terms of fever, muscle and joint pain, headache, nausea, pain in the eyes, rash, swelling of the lower joints.  And what we have also seen is in cases that have been reported in the region is conjunctivitis as well.  Symptoms generally last between four to seven days but it’s not as severe as dengue can get and also Chikungunya which it’s symptoms may last as much as maybe ten days but you also leave occasionally with joint pains lingering on for weeks, even months at a time.”

 

Though complications from Zika are rare and no deaths have been reported, there is no vaccine or treatment for Zika.

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