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Belize : Travel Health

WARNING! This information is out-dated and likely to be inaccurate!

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Please note that this health information about Belize may be out-of-date. Always research the current health conditions and issues in any region you plan to visit prior to departure.

Infectious Diseases and Medical Concerns for Belize

The following medical diseases or health concerns are more common in travel to Belize (compared to the USA and other areas of the Western World):

More Common Diseases and Medical Concerns for Belize

The following health concerns or diseases are more commonly found in Belize compared to the USA and other areas of the Western World:

  • motor vehicle trauma - wear seatbelts and avoid night driving
  • cutaneous larva migrans or human hookworm infection - avoid going barefoot on beaches where cats and dogs have been

Epidemics for Belize

The following health concerns, diseases or comments are related to epidemics in Belize:

Less Common Diseases and Health Concerns for Belize

The following health concerns or medical diseases are less commonly found in Belize compared to the USA and other areas of the Western World:

  • plague - risk for travelers is small

Vaccinations for Travel to Belize

The following medical vaccinations are desirable or helpful for travel to Belize to prevent contagious diseases in Belize:

  • hepatitis A - or immune globulin (IG)
  • hepatitis B - if risk of exposure to blood/bodily fluid or medical treatment or if your stay will be longer than 6 months then all infants and children 11-12 years who did not complete the series as infants
  • rabies - if you might be exposed to wild or domestic animals through your work or recreation
  • typhoid
  • tetanus - booster dose as needed
  • diphtheria - booster dose as needed
  • measles - booster dose as needed

Preventions or Health Precautions for Travel to Belize

Any health risk of travel to Belize may be reduced by the following precautionary health measures when visiting Belize:

  • Take your malaria prevention medication before/during/after travel as directed
  • high rate of motor vehicle trauma - avoid night driving and wear seatbelts
  • mosquito bite prevention
  • insect bite protection
  • avoid drinking non-treated water - only drink bottled or canned water
  • eat only thoroughly cooked food or fruits and vegetables you have peeled yourself
  • keep feet clean and dry - help prevent parasitic infections
  • do not go barefoot - help prevent parasitic infections
  • always use latex condoms to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases
  • don't eat food purchased from street vendors
  • don't drink beverages with ice
  • don't share needles with anyone
  • don't handle animals (especially monkeys/dogs/cats) - to avoid bites and serious diseases (including rabies and plague - risk for travelers is small)
  • don't swim in fresh water. Salt water is usually safer
  • avoid going barefoot on beaches where cats or dogs have been
  • hurricane season is between June and November - take care and heed local precautions

Other Relevant Issues for Travel to Belize

The following may be issues relevant to travel to Belize:

  • medical care is substandard
  • travelers staying longer than 3 months will be tested for HIV
 

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