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As anticipated and now confirmed through the country’s regional reference laboratory, Belize’s Ministry of Health has received confirmation of a positive laboratory result for Chikungunya from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad during the November 19 holiday.

A press release from Belize’s Government Press Office today has confirmed the first case of Chikungunya in the country. This case is from the Las Flores Community in Belmopan where the Ministry has been conducting active surveillance and vector control activity following rumored suspected cases of Chikungunya.

First Confirmed Case of Chikungunya in Belize

San Pedro Town Council fogger used to spray against mosquitos

The Ministry continues to collaborate with the municipality and the local community to conduct clean-up campaigns. Scheduled spraying activities and health education sessions continue with the affected community.

The Ministry awaits the results on the three other outstanding samples sent to CARPHA. An update on those results will be shared by the Ministry of Health as they are made available.

Chikungunya is a disease transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. The Ministry of Health continues to urge all households and communities to reduce mosquito breeding sites and avoid being bitten.

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