By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter
Belize has confirmed its first case of of Chikungunya. The case originated in the Las Flores area of Belmopan and the test result taken in September came back positive this past Wednesday.
The victim is a 34 year-old woman, but her case is not the only one that health authorities suspected from that area.
Since the suspected cases emerged, the Ministry of Health started on an awareness and educational campaign to inform people of the risk factors, the symptoms and the effects of the illness.
Additionally, it took aggressive measures to eliminate, as much as possible, all potential breeding areas. The ministry is still awaiting the results of more ssmples that were sent abroad after the first batch of suspected cases were taken.
Chik-V is caused by the same aedes egypti mosquito that causes dengue.