Ministry of Health still can’t confirm Zika case in Belize

Ministry of Health in Belize says it still cannot confirm there is a first local transmission case of Zika in Belize despite reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which indicated that an American most likely contracted the Zika Virus while on a trip to Belize. A statement issued from the ministry of Health today says that this past weekend, the Ministry of Health  conducted a field investigation which  “..revealed two local potential cases, one in the Stann Creek District and the other in the Toledo District. A person of interest was also identified from the Cayo District.”  The release says that samples were taken from the persons in the southern districts and will be sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on Tuesday  for testing.  CARPHA is theRegional Referral Laboratory in Trinidad. The release also says that,  “Although new and compelling factors may indicate the presence of Zika, the Ministry is still not able to declare that there is a first local transmission case of Zika in Belize.”  The Ministry of Health says that all Regional Health Management teams have been debriefed and the Zika plan for Belize continues to be implemented and is now moving into a new phase as the Ministry continues to learn more of the situation. In the meantime, the community is being asked to take measures to minimize the breeding sites and population of mosquitoes that primarily transmit the disease.  Pregnant women and women considering getting pregnant are especially asked to take precautions and try to avoid mosquito bites. Pregnant women are also encouraged to attend regular prenatal clinics in order to monitor their health and their baby’s development.vlcsnap-2016-04-12-15h13m47s206 vlcsnap-2016-04-12-15h13m53s716

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