MEASLES OUTBREAK PREVENTION in BELIZE
Belmopan, 25th May, 2011. The Ministry of Health notifies the general public that a
outbreak of Measles is ongoing in 33 different countries in Europe and transmission
has been reported in 5 countries in the Americas. The last cases of measles in Belize
were reported in 1991.
Measles is a very contagious disease caused by an infection with the measles virus.
Transmission of the virus occurs through unprotected coughing and sneezing of an
infected person. A single case of this virus can cause an epidemic among
unvaccinated persons. Signs and symptoms of Measles infection include:
- Runny nose (coryza) or,
- Red eyes (conjunctivitis)
All persons, especially young children, who have not been vaccinated against
measles are asked to contact the nearest public health center during normal working
Travelers going to or coming from Europe, North, Central and South America are
advised to review their immunization status and to seek measles vaccine if
The general public is urged to immediately report signs and symptoms of this disease
to community health nurses in the districts or to public health personnel at the
Ministry of Health.
-----------THIS HAS BEEN A HEALTH AND WELLNESS MESSAGE FROM YOUR
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
Dr. Michael Pitts
Director of Health Services[email protected]
Phone No.: 822-0809 (w)