Regional — 27 March 2013 — by Miriam Longsworth

The Ministry of Health issued a press release today, Monday, informing the media of several cases of suspected Hepatitis A in Trio Village, Stann Creek.

There have been 14 suspected cases of the disease reported in the village over the past three weeks and one of those cases has been confirmed to be Hepatitis A.

The release stated that other cases have been recorded in the districts of Corozal, Cayo, and Toledo.

Hepatitis A is a food and waterborne disease. Symptoms may include yellowing of the eyes and skin, dark urine, light-colored stool along with mild fever, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite. The disease is contagious through close contact with someone who is infected.

The Ministry of Health advises the public to take good hygienic and sanitary measures. Prevention practices include washing hands properly using soap and clean water especially before preparing or serving food, after using the toilet and after changing diapers. Wash all vegetables, fruits and other raw food with clean water before eating it. Do not consume contaminated water or ice. Boil and treat all drinking water with chlorine. Disinfect contaminated dishes, toilets and common surfaces.

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