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Jan 12, 2021

Dengue Cases Declined Significantly in 2020

Kim Bautista

2020 was a dreadful year for many, and we are all happy to leave that year in the past. But not everything was bad. Some good news from last year is that the number of dengue cases saw a significant decline compared to 2019. One thousand one hundred and sixty-three cases were recorded instead of the more than eight thousand cases the year before.  That’s a decline of about eighty-six percent.  Also, in 2020, there were no dengue-related deaths.  Chief of Operations at the Vector Control Unit, Kim Bautista says the reduction in cases is highly due to the restriction in movement during many months in 2020. 


Kim Bautista, Chief of Operations, Vector Control, M.O.H.W.

“If you recall 2019 was the highest number of cases on record not only locally but regionally. So it was the highest number of cases ever recorded. In Belize we had some eight thousand three hundred and fifty nine dengue cases versus a thousand one hundred and sixty three last year. That is an eighty-six percent case reduction. I think if you recall we also had ten deaths in 2019. We didn’t have any last year.”


Hipolito Novelo

“What may have been contributing factors in that significant decrease in 2020? Did the restriction of movement from many of the months in 2020 played a key role?”
Kim Bautista

“Yes. There are several contributing factors. For the most part we had the borders that were closed and remain closed. There was significant restriction in movement for some period of time, inter-district an also as a result of the curfew.”

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