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Nov 6, 2019

A 14-Year-Old Student Dies After Exhibiting Dengue-Like Symptoms

A second female has died in less than two months and the suspicion is that her death was caused by dengue. The fourteen-year-old student from San Ignacio died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on Tuesday and while not confirmed as yet, it is highly suspected that she died from complications associated with disease. Jennifer Moreno, whose family is originally from Bella Vista Village, Toledo District, was a student at Sacred Heart High School and began showing symptoms last week. Her condition worsened and on Monday, October fourth, she was taken to a medical facility by her mother. Within twenty-four hours, her health condition worsened and she was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at the K.H.M.H. where she succumbed on November fifth. While an investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of her death, Regional Health Manager Doctor Javier Zuniga shared the details of a preliminary report.


Javier Zuniga

Dr. Javier Zuniga, Regional Health Manager, Western Health Region

“Unfortunately we do have a death, highly suspected to be by the dengue virus, however, at the moment, we are still investigating to see what exactly led to the death of this teenager. At this moment, I cannot give you a lot of information into the cause of death. We do know that the child visited a private physician last week and on Monday, the mother took her to the health facility in San Ignacio, the San Ignacio Community Hospital, where she was assessed and due to her condition, she was quickly referred to Western Regional Hospital where she was assessed by specialist, a paediatrician and an internist. And they determined that the child needed critical care. So she was immediately transferred to the ICU at K.H.M.H.  That’s as far as I can…the information that I can give you at this time. In regards to the cause of death, we are still in investigation so I cannot comment on that part.”


Back in September, a family believed that their loved one died due to dengue. In the case of Hopkins resident Jazmin Ogaldez, she had a pre-existing condition and her health deteriorated rapidly. Ogaldez was rushed from the Southern Regional Hospital and airlifted to Belize City, but later died at the K.H.M.H. while receiving treatment.

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