Confirmed Positive H1N1 Cases in the Corozal District

The Ministry of Health has confirmed three positive cases of HINI Influenza in the Corozal District. The cases include two males who have recent travel history to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, while the third is a pregnant female who resides in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The positive confirmations were received this afternoon from the Central Medical Lab in Belize City. The Ministry of health says it has activated its Northern Regional and National Surveillance Teams to immediately start managing these cases and to plan the next steps forward. H1N1 flu is also known as swine flu because it originally started with persons who had direct contact with pigs. That has changed and anyone exposed to the virus can get it. It is similar to the flu as it has much of the same symptoms. In 2009, H1N1 was spreading rapidly around the world, so the World Health Organization called it a pandemic. Like the regular flu, swine flu can lead to more serious problems including pneumonia, a lung infection, and other breathing problems. And it can make an illness like diabetes or asthma worse.

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