zikaBelize apparently remains free of the Zika Virus and the Ministry of Health intends to keep it that way.

On April 26th we told you that the Ministry of Health had received the results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency, CARPHA, on an initial case that was of significant interest in the ongoing investigation to determine the existence of indigenous transmission of the Zika virus in Belize. The sample from that case came back with a negative result for Zika but positive for Dengue.

As a result of the investigation and heightened surveillance launched after the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the US reported that a woman started showing signs of Zika after visiting Belize, the Ministry of Health sent an additional seven samples for testing. The news tonight is that the results for six of the samples were all negative for Zika. The samples also tested negative for Dengue and Chikungunya. In a release issued today the Ministry of Health assured the public that any pending result that is of interest to the public as it relates to Zika will be reported forthwith.

And while the Ministry of Health is still not able to confirm the presence of Zika in Belize they will remain on high alert and investigate any potential case. The ministry also reminds the public to take measures to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.

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