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May 4, 2009

…But there are three suspected cases

Story PictureAnd while there are no known confirmed cases of Type A H-one-N-one in Belize, there is a new term used in respect of the three samples sent to Canada for testing. The classification of a suspected case is keeping health officials on high alert. Epidemiologist, Dr. Paul Edwards, explains what places the three suspected cases in that category.

Dr. Paul Edwards, Epidemiologist
“A suspected case is any individual who present signs and symptoms compatible with the flu, meaning they would have the fever, the cough, the headache, the muscle and joint pains, they might have some diarrhea, definitely lethargy or tiredness, and they will have that nausea. So they will have presented those plus they would have come in contact with somebody who is a confirmed case, and when they came in contact with that confirmed case they would have been within the infectious period, meaning one day before the onset of sign and symptom and up to seven days afterwards. Suspected case also means having traveled to an area where there are confirmed cases. So that would be a suspected case definition. There would be other things like cases of interest whereby they may have made contact with somebody who was ill but it was not confirmed. So that is what you call a case of interest as compared to a suspected case.”

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