Health authorities in Belize are on the alert after an outbreak of Measles is reported to be affecting at least 33 countries in Europe, with transmission reported in 5 countries in the Americas. Measles is a 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 the virus can cause an epidemic amongst those persons who are not vaccinated against the disease. Signs and symptoms of Measles infection include the following: Fever, Rash, Cough, Runny nose, and Red eyes, known as conjunctivitis.
The Ministry of Health is advising that all persons, especially young children, who have not been vaccinated against measles to contact the nearest public health center during normal working hours. The last cases of measles in Belize were reported in 1991.