In a follow-up to a report earlier this month, the Belize Ministry of Health has confirmed the first case(s) of local transmission of chikungunya. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported on Friday that Belize had reported three confirmed cases.


According to an official release from the health ministry, the case(s) are from the Las Flores area of Belmopan. Health officials say that it will schedule spraying activities and health education sessions will continue in the affected community.

Also in Central America, the number of locally acquired chikungunya cases in El Salvador jumped by an additional 30,000 cases, bring that country’s total to 123,000, according to PAHO data.

After reporting their first locally acquired chikungunya case about one week ago, the total number of cases has risen to 10 in Mexico.

The total chikungunya cases in the Americas has eclipsed 900,000 cases with the total of suspected and confirmed cases now at 914,000 since December 2013.

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