Three new Zika cases confirmed on Caye Caulker

Three new Zika cases have been confirmed on the island of CAye Caulker. According to a press statement from the Ministry of Health they are investigating and closely monitoring the situation on the island of Caye Caulker. MOH says,  “These cases stem from an investigation of fever and rash cases reported earlier in June. While we continue to aggressively scale up efforts to reduce the mosquito population in the area along with local authorities, we once again ask for cooperation from the community to assist the Ministry and our local partners to clean up areas that may be breeding sites for the mosquitoes. This effort will continue especially with the onset in the increase of rains.” The release continues in saying that the Ministry of Health continues to engage with the local authorities in Caye Caulker along with the investigative team from the Central Region offices in Belize City. Samples will now only be sent for reporting purposes since they have have now, officially, confirmed the presence of the Zika virus in Belize. The focus is now on the educational campaign to reduce mosquito breeding sites and also in protecting women who are considering getting pregnant or may already be pregnant from the risk associated with contracting the Zika virus.

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