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Ministry of Health advises on best practices as we monitor increase in Diarrhoeal Cases

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Belmopan. December 27th, 2017.     The Ministry of Health has noticed an increase in the number of gastroenteritis cases nationally. Individuals may present with symptoms ranging from diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal cramps or fever. The increase in cases are mostly being seen in individuals older than 5 years, however a few numbers have begun to affect younger children in the age range of one to four years.

The Ministry has increased its surveillance activity at all district levels and is assisting in promoting best practices to prevent and reduce further spread of the illness.  The Ministry would like to advise the public of proper handwashing etiquette to reduce the spread of infections.

How to wash your hands:

1. Wet hands with clean, running water, turn off tap and then apply soap
2. Lather for 15 to 30 seconds
3. Make sure to wash the backs of hands, under fingernails and between fingers
4. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds
4. Rinse hands thoroughly under clean, running water
5. Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry them

In addition, wash hands before and after preparing and eating food, after bathroom use, when handling garbage, soiled areas or vomit, as well as before and caring for someone who is sick.

The Ministry advises the public to visit the nearest health center if you or your child are showing symptoms of gastroenteritis, which includes diarrhoea, vomiting, fever and/or abdominal cramps. Immediate attention should be given to anyone, especially children, whose symptoms are worsening.

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For More Information Contact:
Dr. Marvin Manzanero
The Office of the Director of Health Services
Ministry of Health, Belmopan
822-0809