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Due to flooding caused by the passing of remnants of Hurricane Julia over the weekend, drinking water sources in many areas of the country have become unsafe. These may include municipal water systems (BWS), rural water systems, wells and those stored in water tanks and vats. Affected water may appear dark in color, has an odor, or has floating fragments.

All sources used for drinking, cooking or bathing should be treated to make safe by one of the following methods:

� Bleach (Clorox):
a) Add one tablespoon of bleach to five gallons of water.
b) Mix the bleach and water completely and leave to stand for 30 minutes before using.

� Boil drinking water:
a) Place water in a pot and heat until it comes to a rolling boil. Boil for one minute.
b) Remove from the stove to cool and store in a clean covered container to prevent contamination.

� Purification tablets (if available):
a) Add water purification tablets according to directions on the package.
b) Let water stand for the treatment time and then store safely.

The public is encouraged to be safe during this time. The ministry will continue to monitor the flooding situation and notify the public when water sources are safe to drink and used for other purposes.

For more information, please contact the nearest public health office.

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Health officials warn about an increase in dengue cases and gastrointestinal infections

Following the torrential rains caused by weather disturbances such as Hurricane Julia, the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) issued warnings about possible infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and injuries. The public is urged to avoid working or playing in floodwaters. According to health sources in San Pedro Town, an increase in Dengue cases and gastroenteritis infections have been reported in the Belize District.

In many subdivisions around San Pedro, stagnant water can be observed on the street sides and empty lots. At a closer look, large clouds of mosquito larvae can be seen floating on the water. MOHW advises people near these areas to exercise caution to prevent mosquito bites. This could cause Dengue and other vector-borne diseases. While a plan by the local authorities to address the expected mosquito problem is yet to take place, residents are asked to protect themselves by using long-sleeved clothing, long pants, and mosquito repellent. In addition, it is recommended that windows be adequately screened or closed before nightfall. More importantly, clean surroundings and remove containers with standing water that can become breeding sites for mosquitoes.

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