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Belize warns of dengue increase

Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 7, 2019
Belize confirmed Tuesday a 10 percent increase in the number of diagnosed cases of dengue fever in a period of seven days, of which 40 percent are children.
Marvin Manzanero
LatAm   Dr. Marvin Manzanero, director of Health Services
We have 789 sick, 49 of them in a serious condition, reported Dr. Marvin Manzanero, director of Health Services, quoted in local media.

He explained that the district of Corozal, located on the Caribbean coast of the country and about 13 kilometers from the main border point with Mexico, records the highest number of cases.

So far there are no reports of deaths, said Dr. Manzanero, who called for extreme care to control the disease's evolution in those infected, while noting that it is important to control the symptoms.

'It's usually early intervention in terms of hydration and making sure there's no potential factor that can contribute to hemorrhage aspects,' he stressed.

The monthly report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs warned of an increase in dengue cases in Central America.

Guatemala remains under Epidemiological Red Alert and in Honduras, ill health takes on epidemic proportions, according to experts.

Dengue fever is an infectious disease transmitted by the females of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and its symptoms are high fever associated with severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, in muscles and joints, as well as nausea, vomiting and skin rashes.