We are in what some would dub the mosquito season or Dengue Season. There are 4 kinds of dengue, which change from year to year. This year, Belize is seeing a lot of hemorrhagic dengue which includes bleeding.
This is week 42 in the dengue season. In week 38, the last figures we could get our hands on showed that there were 209 lab confirmed cases countrywide for all 38 weeks, but the latest figures out, just one month later, has seen a doubling of those figures.
At week 42 there have been 460 lab confirmed cases of dengue in the country, the bulk being in Belize City, Corozal and Cayo, while clinically confirmed cases for week 42 is at 354.
According to health officials, hotspots of Dengue outbreak in the Corozal district include villages such as Concepcion, Libertad, and San Antonio. Specific parts of Corozal town are Halls Layout, Joseita, and Hermelinda Layout.
Hotspots in the Cayo district are Las Flores in Belmopan and Old Benque area in Benque Viejo.
Keeping yards clean of stagnant water is one of the most effective ways to lessen mosquito breeding sites.
Early symptoms of dengue hemorrhagic fever are similar to those of dengue fever. But after several days the patient becomes irritable, restless, and sweaty. These symptoms are followed by a shock-like state. Bleeding appears as tiny spots of blood on the skin and larger patches of blood under the skin making it possible for minor injuries to cause bleeding.