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Jul 21, 2009

Dengue outbreak; 184 recent cases confirmed

Story PictureThere is a breaking story tonight of an accident at the entrance of Belize City on the Northern Highway. We’ll have details of this later in this newscast but first, there have been twenty-two cases of the Influenza A H1N1 confirmed in Belize, and while that is not being considered an outbreak, one hundred and eighty-four recent cases of dengue is. While the illness, which is transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, is endemic to Belize the amount of cases between May and July has raised alarm. The infected persons are primarily from the Cayo District and the Ministry of Health has boosted their efforts to prevent the disease from spreading. We got more details of the outbreak from the Ministry of Health’s Environmental Health Technical Advisor, Dr. Jose Antonio Marenco.

Dr. Jose Antonio Marenco, Environmental Health Technical Advisor
“For the country of Belize, there have been a hundred and eighty-four cases. Out of them, a hundred and fourteen from the Cayo district, sixty-one in Belize District and nine in Corozal. These are clinically diagnosed cases. Out of this hundred and eighty-four cases reported by our epidemiology unit since the beginning of the year, a hundred and fifty of them have been reported from May the fourth to July fourteenth. A hundred and thirteen of this hundred and fifty are from Cayo District.”

“The spraying with the truck, it’s what we call the ULV spray, that has been stepped up in the area of San Ignacio, Belmopan. Starting this week a team from Dangriga is here in Belmopan assisting the team from the Cayo District with a lecture unit, spraying also. That is in the line of control of the vector. In the surroundings of the places where the cases were detected, there has been another type of spray which we call thermal fogging and that is just a hand operated machine that goes around the houses spraying insecticide. Beside that, we have engaged the San Ignacio community, the municipality rather, and we have organized cleanup campaign for this Saturday.”

Some symptoms to look for include headache, eye, joint or muscle pain, backache, nausea, vomiting, rashes, hemorrhagic manifestations and general weaknesses.

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