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Belize reports increase in dengue fever cases

Published:Wednesday | August 28, 2019 | 10:19 AM

BELMOPAN, Belize, CMC –Health authorities say that the number of dengue cases reported in the country has risen to more than 2,700, significantly higher than the 1,764 cases reported a week ago.

The Office of the Director of Health Services said that up until week 34, “our current data…indicates that the total number of dengue cases now stands at 2,272 cases” noting that “out of the total number, 1,232 were confirmed and 1,040 the diagnosis was made by clinical suspicion”.

It said that the numbers “therefore have not reach a plateau as yet with Cayo and Stann Creek districts seeing increasing numbers.

“Numbers have stabilised in the northern districts and lower numbers are being reported in the Belize and Toledo districts,” the Office of the Director of Health Services said, adding that “our surveillance continues to be on alert and the work in vector control continues”.

Last week, the authorities said that there were 950 laboratory confirmed cases and 814 clinical suspect cases, resulting in a total of 1,764 cases.

“Last week alone saw the number spike up to 215 cases in one week with four  districts still reporting the greater number of cases,” the statement said, noting that “not all suspect cases are being tested/will be tested for dengue given the current phase we are in and only those having dengue with warning signs or severe dengue will be hospitalised.

“For now, 3.2 per cent of our cases have classified as being severe cases,” the statement said, urging the communities “to continue to engage in prevention and elimination of mosquito breeding sites.”

In July, the health authorities reported an outbreak of dengue fever saying that for the seven months of this year, the number of cases was more than twice the figures for the entire 2018.

The Ministry of Health said most of the new cases are in the north, with the Orange Walk District reporting the highest number of confirmed cases.

Dengue is caused by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that breeds in open containers that hold water and the authorities are urging residents to do their part in eradicating the problem.

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