Ministry of Health updates on ZIKA virus

Today the Ministry Of Health held meetings at the Inspiration Center in Belize City with senior staff from across the country to discuss the vlcsnap-2016-02-10-10h10m19s347Zika Virus. The virus has hit international attention recently when increased cases of microcephaly in newborn babies were linked to the disease in Brazil, and in the USA, and the media claimed a case of the disease being transmitted sexually, though the norm has been via the Aedes mosquito. Following the National Sensitization Meeting in which the National Zika preparedness and response plan was present, several presenters, including Dr Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services, held a Media Session in the afternoon to update the press on the Zika Virus.So the disease has not yet been identified in Belize, though it has been vlcsnap-2016-02-10-10h10m22s941identified in the nations around us. We asked the panel what are the unique symptoms for Zika, seeing it can be easily mistaken as the flu by the ordinary person. Dr Russell Manzanero, epidemiologist for the Ministry of Health told us how. The visual images which are related to the Zika Virus include Microcephaly; a developmental abnormality in newborn babies that results in small heads. The issue of how pregnant women are to deal with the disease if it is found in Belize was addressed by Dr Natalia Laringa-Espada Beer, Maternal Child Health director. Recently in the USA, a woman was diagnosed with the ZiKa virus although it was her husband that travelled into the region, leading specialists to believe that the virus can be transmitted sexually. Dr Beer says certain precautions can be used to prevent the disease from spreading this way. vlcsnap-2016-02-10-10h09m42s474

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