Belmopan, April 25, 2009. The Ministry of Health of Belize informs the general public that it is aware of and is monitoring the Swine Flu outbreak in Mexico. The Ministry of Health will be stepping up its surveillance across the country in order to detect all influenza and suspected influenza cases. The public is advised that presently Belize has not detected Swine Flu.
Swine Influenza (Swine Flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by a type A Influenza virus. Swine Flu viruses do not normally infect humans, however, when it happens it occurs in persons with direct exposure to pigs. The latest report from the Pan American Health Organization state that the cases are still limited to the states of Nuevo Leon, Baja California, San Luis Potosi, Mexico City, Veracruz and Oaxaca. The Mexican Public Health Authorities have activated their emergency plan to address and contain the outbreak. The concern for Belize is that these states conforms a path where Belizeans return by road across Mexico from the USA.
The symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people can have runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Persons travelling through Mexico, or who recently travelled to Mexico and show any signs and symptoms compatible with influenza (flu) should call or visit the nearest Government Health Center or your health care provider. The public is strongly encouraged not to travel to the areas affected if it could be avoided.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2009 12:17|