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Belize reporting decline in dengue fever cases

Published:Friday | October 25, 2019 | 9:45 AM

BELMOPAN, Belize, CMC – Health authorities are reporting a decline in the number of dengue fever cases after the figure had has risen to more than 2,700 cases last month.

While the Director of Health Services Dr Marvin Manzanero did not disclose the present number of cases said “last week’s figure is the lowest for the last eight weeks.

 “So the numbers continue to go down. It peaked three to four weeks ago in terms of total numbers, but with the rainy season now fully upon us, we are going to remain vigilant in terms of any potential increase in the number of cases,” he added.

In September, 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”.

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.

Manzanero said the Health Services had gotten approval from the relevant authorities to finance the extension of the spraying cycles.

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