Ministry of Health Belize


Dec 12th
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Home Events Events Belize commemorates Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week

Belize commemorates Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week

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Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week” will be observed from May 8th - May 12th 2017 by all member states with the support of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the CARICOM Secretariat and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

With the slogan "Fight the bite, destroy mosquito breeding sites", Mosquito Awareness Week will focus on Zika and the risks associated with the disease, especially for pregnant women. The main objective of Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week is to strengthen existing initiatives by member states and to generate public mosquito awareness which is aimed at eliminating the existence of mosquito breeding sites and protecting the populace from bites.

In Belize communication and mobilization activities scheduled for this week include media appearances, a clean up campaign in Belize City (second of the 2017) and two health fairs in Corozal Town and Belize City – which are two priority areas for Zika and Dengue. The general public is hereby reminded of their social responsibility to take action to reduce their risk of vector borne diseases by keeping their surroundings clean and free of unwanted water holding containers in which mosquitoes breed.

As a result of a cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Health and the Secretaria de Salud de Mexico, Belize has been able to send suspected and confirmed arbovirus cases for further testing in Mexico. OF the total samples, Chikungunya and Dengue samples had a zero positivity rate. Speaking specifically on Zika, 537 suspected samples have been tested, with 139 returning positive. Majority of the cases testing positive are coming from the Corozal district.