The Belize Ministry of Health (MOH) is spraying all schools in San Pedro and Cay Caulker for mosquitoes this week in order to prevent the spreading of the Zika virus. The MOH is very concerned about the Zika virus spreading as the disease has now been classified as an endemic on Caye Caulker.

This does not mean that there is a Zika ‘epidemic’ in Caye Caulker; it only means that the disease is now present on the island and that it will be present for years to come, according to Dr. Javier Zuniga, Regional Manager, Central Health Region.

High risk groups of the virus are pregnant women and the MOH is conducting a lot of health education to try to prevent them from getting Zika. Some of these health education sessions include the giving out insect repellants for mosquito; bed nets if they live in an area that is prone to having a lot of mosquitoes and assisting the community in getting rid of all the water-holding containers that may be around the properties.

“If you can afford to put screens on your doors and windows, please do so,” commented Dr. Zuniga.

No cases have been reported on Ambergris Caye.

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