Two days ago we told you about the suspected cases of Chikungunya in Belize emerging from the Las Flores area of Belmopan City. When we left you, officials at the Ministry of Health had conducted a rapid test which proved inconclusive and so the blood samples of the possible patients were sent for further testing at the CARPHA headquarters in Trinidad. Today when we tried contacting Vector Control Chief, Kim Bautista, we were informed that he was unavailable. Our calls were directed to the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer, Claudette Dakers, who told us that they are still awaiting the results.
Claudette Dakers – Public Relations, MOH
“Today as of 4:25, we have not received any official note at all from CARPHA, we sent specifically two to CARPHA for their confirmation because we will only take confirmation form them even if there has been tests down here in Belize with whatever test they are using; rapid test in order for us to establish it here we have to get the confirmation from CARPHA and we haven’t gotten that as yet but we are pushing it for Monday.”
And while those two blood tests should be back sometime next week, the Ministry is also looking at a pair of other cases from the same area of greater Belmopan. These cases are different because they both involve women who contracted Chikungunya in Salvador,: one in August, and the other in September. The Ministry reminds the public that they too have a role to play in ensuring that 1: they report suspected fever cases or dengue like cases and 2: to ensure that they maintain their premises, free of breeding sites. We will bring you the results of those tests as soon as they become available.