Measles is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory system and ever since a positive case of measles was identified in Guatemala, health officials here are on the alert. It causes a total-body skin rash and flu-like symptoms, including a fever, cough, and runny nose. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that 2.6 million people who have not had the vaccine die of measles every year. This is why the public should exercise preventative measures here in Belize. CEO in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ramon Figueroa explained.
RAMON FIGUEROA, C.E.O., M.O.H.
“For us it’s mostly trying to keep an infectious disease out of the country. Remember that measles, while we grew up getting measles and all the other vaccine preventable, there are some potential risks associated with measles; Encephalitis, they are rare but they can happen. It’s mostly a public health reaction so it’s best to prevent if you can the introduction of an infectious disease back into the country and it can be easily prevented through vaccines so the reaction as you called it is most a natural response from public health in terms of keeping infectious disease away from the population.”
Belize has not reported a positive case of measles since 1991.