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Dengue outbreak in Honduras could impact health in Belize

The death toll from dengue fever stands at 16 in Honduras and 10 more in the rest of Central America with nearly 40,000 persons infected, so Belize’s Ministry of Health has issued an public advisory even as it executes its Dengue Prevention Plan.

Few cases have been confirmed in Belize so far this year, but the serious outbreak in Honduras is cause for concern.

How to diagnose Dengue

The time between the bite of a mosquito carrying dengue virus and the start of symptoms averages 4 to 6 days.

* Symptoms usually start with high fever lasting 3 to 5 days, rash, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, and muscle and joint pain.

* The severity of the joint pain has given dengue the name “break bone fever.”

4Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite are common.

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