Authorities monitoring two cases of meningitis in Belmopan

Authorities monitoring two cases of meningitis in Belmopan

Authorities are keeping a close eye on two cases of meningitis in Belmopan, involving two young children.  This past weekend, a 9-year-old, of United Evergreen School was diagnosed, and early this morning, a 5-year-old was the second to be diagnosed.  With meningitis considered a contagious infection, school administrators, daycare owners and health facilities are keeping a close eye on any resembling symptoms that may appear.  Director of Director of Public Health and Wellness, Dr. Melissa Diaz-Musa gave a briefing on the current situation, whilst confirming a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.

While the infection is contagious, Dr. Musa explained that the cause of the meningitis would most-likely determine the degree of contagion.  Based on the level of contagion, health officials are determining the measures to be taken.

Dr. Musa explained that the critical state of the 9-year-old child is not indicative of the lack of urgency in medical attention. 

Love News understands that the child in the index case is in a critical state at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

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