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Sep 30, 1999

Dengue’s back, destroy mosquito breeding spots

The Pink Hibiscus Mealy Bug may have residents of Belize City anxiously examining their plants, but they may also want to start checking their yards for stagnant water. That’s right, dengue is back. This week the Ministry of Health confirmed seven cases in Belize. Because dengue, also known as “breakbone fever” is transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti Mosquito and the Vector Control Program is advising the public to eliminate mosquito breeding sites. Among the recommendations: wash out drums and trash bins once a week. Wash flowerpots, change stagnant water every four days, avoid keeping containers that collect water and cover all vats, drums and buckets. Dengue symptoms include fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, rash, joint and muscle pain. Anyone who experiences dengue-like signs is advised to go to the nearest health center or hospital immediately.

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