Belize on alert after positive measles case in Guatemala

By on January 29, 2018


Measles case reported in Guatemala

Measles case reported in Guatemala

Belmopan, CAYO. Monday, January 29, 2018. A positive case of Measles in neighboring Guatemala has prompted an advisory for Belizeans from the Ministry of Health.

According to an official release, the positive case in Guatemala was imported from Germany.

The highly infectious viral disease known as measles has not been reported in Belize for close to three decades (since 1991).

There has been noticeable increase in measles cases in the Americans with 271 cases reported last year, according to the Ministry of Health advisory.

The advisory says that anyone with signs of measles should immediately report to the nearest health facility so that suspicious cases can be isolated and investigated to avoid a spread of the disease.

Symptoms include prolonged fever (4 days), rash that started on the neck and face and scattered on the body thereafter, coughing, runny nose or conjunctivitis.

Since the report of the positive case of Measles in Guatemala, the Ministry of health in Belize has activated what it calls “an immediate heightened surveillance to follow up on any presentation of symptoms that can possibly lead to a positive measles case.”

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