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Jun 15, 2020

Nuisance Mosquitoes Are Not Disease-Borne Vectors

Kim Bautista

These mosquitoes are not to be confused with the aedes aegypti mosquito, which is the vector for dengue or Chikungunya. Head of Vector Control Unit, Kim Bautista says that the statistics for 2020 shows that the cases of dengue in Belize are down drastically when compared to 2019.

 

Kim Bautista, Head, Vector Control Unit, Ministry of Health

“Last year, we had the highest record number of dengue in the region, including Belize. But what we are seeing at the start of this year, we did see some elevated numbers. But we were running the figures this evening and when we were looking at a period of the past eleven weeks, for the past eleven weeks, we have seen a decline. For 2020, over the past eleven weeks, we’ve recorded one hundred and two cases of dengue countrywide. For that same reporting period for 2019, we have three hundred and thirty-one cases so we are not really seeing that amount of dengue cases over the past couple months. That could change as the rainy season starts now, but the public shouldn’t be alarmed that with the increase in nuisance mosquitoes that we are seeing that it will translate to an increase in dengue cases.”


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