Over this past weekend the Ministry of Health along with a team from the vector control unit, Public Health Department and the Epidemiology Department conducted field investigations to determine the possibility of local transmission of the Zika Virus in Belize. This came after information was received from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that an American couple may have contracted the virus in our country.
After the field investigations were conducted the Ministry revealed two potential cases of the virus, one in Stann Creek and one in Toledo. A third person of interest was also located in the Cayo District. Samples were taken from the persons in the southern districts and were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing.
Today when we contacted the office of the CEO in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ramon Figueroa, we were told that the results of the samples sent to CARPHA for testing have not been sent back to Belize. We understand the Ministry of Health has contacted CARPHA and asked for the samples to be placed on their top priority to be able to confirm if Belize has its first case of the Zika Virus.
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