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May 4, 2009

…And M.O.H has measures to put in place in the event of positive testing

And if any of the cases test positive for Type A H-one-N-one, health officials say that particular measures will be put in place where the case originates which will be different from the rest of the unaffected areas.

Dr. Paul Edwards
“Let’s say for example a case was confirmed in San Pedro and I’ll use the words of the D.H.S., we’ll ratchet up the response whereby then we start looking at schools and closing those and follow suit with exactly what Mexico has done because those very same measures are international measures. Then you look at other things like the churches and all the restaurants. For example, Mexico now, the restaurants are open, but you only go in to buy the food and take it home. You no longer sit down and eat it there. Those definitely are the measures that we have as part of our plan.”
“We need to continue looking at it from a scientific perspective and make those good decisions based on the information. We’ve been doing well as a country. Let’s continue doing that, let’s keep on high alert and as the situations change then we will make those changes as is pertinent to those changes.”

The bulk of the tests so far have come from the Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize and Cayo Districts. The two southern districts haven’t reported any cases of interest or suspected cases. Belize remains on stage five alert as the number of confirmed cases worldwide continues to increase. Earlier today that number stood at almost a thousand with twenty-six deaths. Close to six hundred of those were reported in Mexico, with twenty-five deaths, and the U.S. has reported two hundred and forty-five cases with one death. Dr. Pitts advises that based on the trend of the influenza, particularly the 1918 Spanish Flu, it is likely that a second wave of Type A H-one-N-one could come on stream and the public should remain on high alert. Meanwhile, anyone with concerns can still call the Ministry of Health’s hotline number at: 629-5604.

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