A few weeks ago the AH1N1 Influenza virus had surfaced in Quintana Roo and surrounding areas of Mexico. Fatalities were recorded in that region and it prompted the Ministry of Health to begin monitoring in the north of Belize. While there were Belizeans who contracted the illness, the Director of Health Services Marvin Manzanero says the cases people testing positive for the virus are dwindling.
Marvin Manzanero: In terms of H1N1 we do have 8 confirmed cases from the lab. Six of those were from Corozal District, 2 were from Belize District; Central Health Region, that was two weeks ago. We would normally get an update every Friday so tomorrow we would get another update but last week sorry we didn’t confirm any other cases. When I was in Corozal last week we noticed in terms of reviewing their pattern that there seemed to be on a downward trend in terms of number of cases showing up at the Hospital.
Jose Sanchez: So this is a testament to the good work that they have been doing and also people I am assuming have been following the correct protocol.
Marvin Manzanero: Well it could be; you have to credit some of the prevention messages that we sent out but we also need to highlight the fact that we are not expected to have increase because we are not in the flu season as such so any spike that we would have had would have been out of the norm. That is something that we need to factor in of course towards when the flu season is expected to increase at the end of the year then you have to monitor those strains much more closely.
Jose Sanchez: But in terms of management; we are not necessarily looking at fatalities or that level anymore.
Marvin Manzanero: No we did not see any further increase in terms of number of cases, we do not have any mortality cases associated to that but out pedological surveillance is still on the alert for any potential increase.