Health

Chik-V test of possible index patient in Belize sent to CDC in Atlanta

Chik-V test of possible index patient in Belize sent to CDC in Atlanta

BELIZE CITY–Belize has still not been able to confirm via lab tests whether Maria Alvadaro, a Salvadoran woman visiting Las Flores, Belmopan, Belize, who was clinically diagnosed with Chikungunya, actually had the disease. Dr. Marvin Manzanero, [...]

Lab results for possible index case of Chikungunya in Belize still pending

Lab results for possible index case of Chikungunya in Belize still pending

LAS FLORES, BELMOPAN–Two family members in Las Flores, Belmopan, can breathe a sigh of relief after official tests conducted by the Ministry of Health have confirmed that they have not been stricken by Chikungunya (Chik-V), an [...]

Cruise lines threaten to pull plug on Belize over new Ebola screening measures

Cruise lines threaten to pull plug on Belize over new Ebola screening measures

BELIZE CITY–North Korea has announced a travel ban on foreign tourists, and while Belize is not considering such a blanket ban on tourists, it has introduced more stringent screening measures, just in advance of the peak [...]

Belize bans travelers from West African nations affected by Ebola outbreak

Belize bans travelers from West African nations affected by Ebola outbreak

BELIZE CITY–Today, Belize joined two other Caribbean island nations, Jamaica and St. Lucia, which have issued travel restrictions for travelers from countries in West Africa that are affected by the worst Ebola outbreak since the deadly [...]

2014 dengue outbreak in City marked by high level of hemorrhagic cases

2014 dengue outbreak in City marked by high level of hemorrhagic cases

BELIZE CITY–Data released today by the Vector Control Unit in Belize City indicate that there have been 77 cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) documented in the City, primarily based on clinical diagnoses between January and [...]

Another Hilux stolen from the Ministry of Health compound in Belmopan

Another Hilux stolen from the Ministry of Health compound in Belmopan

BELMOPAN–A 2008 Toyota Hilux pickup truck has been stolen from the Ministry of Health compound in Belmopan and as of press time, the vehicle has not yet been found. The driver of the pickup reported that [...]

Blacks experience highest obesity rate in US-based study

Blacks experience highest obesity rate in US-based study

BELIZE CITY–Last Friday, Belize health professionals discussed the prevalence of obesity, linked to non-communicable diseases such as cancer and heart disease, among Belizeans and the data depicted substantially higher obesity rates among Belizean women when compared [...]

“Sugar bullet” killing Belizeans faster

“Sugar bullet” killing Belizeans faster

BELIZE CITY–Whereas violent homicides tend to grab the national news headlines, there are some insidious villains slipping under the radar, as even more Belizean lives are being lost to the deadly trio: diabetes, heart disease, and [...]

The massive cost of “leptospirosis” fried chicken

The massive cost of “leptospirosis” fried chicken

BELIZE CITY—Leptospirosis, a potentially deadly disease contracted when food or water is contaminated by rat urine or feces, left the family of Nigel Augustine, 22, with a massive financial burden of $13,000, and although they have [...]

Stomach flu study reveals an $18.6 mil burden

Stomach flu study reveals an $18.6 mil burden

BELIZE CITY—The stomach flu has become fairly common—so much so, that the overall economic impact has become astronomical, at an estimated BZ$18.6 million annually, with roughly 40,000 cases believed to occur across Belize each year. Apart [...]