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On Tuesday, June 2nd, personnel from the Health Department on the island began fumigating across the subdivisions of San Pedro Town in an attempt to contain the swarm of mosquitoes that have been triggered by the recent rains. The fumigation effort is not only to contain the blood-sucking insects, but also to mitigate any Dengue outbreaks and any other diseases transmitted by the bites of infected mosquitoes. Fumigation is expected to continue through the end of the week as health personnel intends to target all potential mosquito breeding sites on the island.

To further secure their reserves, the Belize Bank Ltd. is known to have been one of the first financial institutions to place restrictions on the use of credit cards in April. The announcement posted on their social media account says. ‘Further to our Customer Notice advising you of the temporary reductions in credit limits for international credit cards accounts, we would like to clarify that you can only repay the balance on your Credit Card once during the payment cycle. Also, please be reminded that your monthly purchases/usage is limited to a maximum of your approved credit card limit during your payment cycle.’ Speaking to a representative of the bank, they told The San Pedro Sun that this norm will be in place until further notice.

Dengue causes painful fever, rashes, and is a very debilitating illness. It is transmitted via the bite of an infected Aedes Egypti mosquito. This species of mosquito can also infect people with other diseases like Zika and Chikungunya. The fumigation is expected to alleviate the mosquito situation to some extent, but according to health authorities the best method of mitigation is by everyone keeping their yards free of items that can hold rainwater/stagnant water where these insects reproduce.

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