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Jan 8, 2014

2 from influenza and there are suspected cases of H1N1

Michael Pitts

The flu season is taking its toll in Belize. And so far, we can confirm that there have been two deaths due to influenza and there are several patients admitted at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital with severe respiratory infections. But the Ministry of Health has another major concern in its hands because there are several suspected cases of H-one N-one. The ministry has sprung into action and convened an urgent meeting this morning in Belize City headed by the Director of Medical Services, Doctor Michael Pitts. Pitts told News Five that in last week alone, five persons were hospitalized with flu-like symptoms. Of the five persons, one has been confirmed to be infected with influenza A.


Via Phone: Dr. Michael Pitts, Director of Medical Services

“Dah the flu season, we have seen five severe cases that were hospitalized. We know that one person died at Karl Heusner; one died at BMA and we are awaiting the definitive results for all of them. One of them the preliminary shows that there was influenza A. that one was send to CAREC, we will wait for our results. And then we are waiting for some preliminary results in Belize that we should have by this evening.  The general precautions: one of the things is that we should cover our…the cough etiquette, hand washing. If people have flu-like symptoms weh di prolong and noh di improve after about two to three days, they should consult back with their doctor.”


Duane Moody

“Is this the first time that someone has died from this?”


Via Phone: Dr. Michael Pitts

“No, no, no. Even in the states people died, but a few people do die from flu-like things. But when we see a cluster, we have to be a little more tightening in terms of our alert.”


The ministry is also advising the public to keep common surface areas clean and if ill, to limit contact with others to prevent the spread of infection. 

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