The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have advised Belize’s Ministry of Health of an outbreak of Measles at the Disneyland Resort in California in the United States of America.
We understand that cases are also being reported in Canada and one case related to the Disneyland outbreak has been reported in Mexico.
Although Measles remains prevalent in many parts of the world, Belize has been free from the disease since 1991. In order to maintain the country’s measles free status, the recommended and most cost-effective public health approach is to advise persons to get vaccinated with the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine. In Belize, vaccination coverage against measles has been greater than 95% over the last 10 years, according to the Ministry of Health.
The measles vaccine is available throughout the country in all public and NHI health facilities free of cost to the public.
The Ministry of Health reports that they also collaborate with the private sector health facilities to ensure availability of the vaccines. The MMR vaccines have been prequalified and approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Measles is a contagious disease characterized by fever, rash, runny nose and red eyes. It spreads through air droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The public is asked to report any signs or symptoms of the disease at the nearest health facility.
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