Tuesday, July 7, 2009

5 confirmed cases of Influenza A H1N1 in Belize

Press Release - Government Press Office - Ministry of Health - July 7th, 2009 - The Ministry of Health wishes to inform the public of five (5) confirmed cases of Influenza A H1N1 in the country of Belize.

These results were received today through our reference laboratory CAREC.
All the five positive cases came from the Corozal district and linked to the Casinos in the Corozal Free Zone. These individuals have been treated and are recovering at home.

This highlights the increased surveillance which the Ministry had put in place at the initial response to Influence A H1N1.

The Ministry is awaiting the results of fifteen other suspected cases majority of which presented mild flu-like symptoms.

The Ministry continues its heighten surveillance and awareness campaign to contain this situation.

The Ministry of Health encourages the public to continue washing hands with soap and water, covering your coughs, seek medical attention if you present any flu-like symptoms and stay at home until your symptoms are resolved.

The Ministry would also like to inform the public that there is no need at this time to limit any mass gatherings.

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