Travel to any country poses certain health and safety concerns and Belize is no exception. By becoming familiar with this country's particular hazards, vacationers are better able to take precautions to ensure that they remain healthy while traveling abroad.
If you are traveling to Belize with prescription medications, make sure to pack them in their clearly labeled orginal containers, alongside a prescription slip or note from your physician detailing your need for the medication. It will also be wise to pack a Travel Medical Kit, which will be important to have if you encounter any small medical concerns such as head aches. This kit should include the following:
The beautiful wildlife that attracts visitors can pose its own threat to their health, and travelers are encouraged to be aware of the risks. Incidence of malaria has declined in recent years but remains carefully monitored by health officials in Belize. Dengue fever, also transmitted by mosquitoes, poses another problem for vacationers who venture out of Belize City and into the country's interior.
Proper attire and insect-repellent can help travelers avoid mosquito bites, and anti-malarial drugs can be purchased and begun a week before your trip to reduce your likelihood of contracting that disease. Consult your doctor for further details.
|Belize Medical Associates||5791 St. Thomas Street,
Kings Park, Belize City
|Karl Huesner Memorial||Princess Margaret Drive,
|Belize City Hospital||Eyre Street,
|Belmopan Hospital||Florina Drive,
|Orange Walk Hospital||Orange Walk||501-32-2143|
|Punta Gorda Hospital||Punta Gorda||501-72-2026|
|San Ignacio Hospital||San Ignacio||501-92-2066|
Medical expenses in Belize can be costly, so acquiring proper medical insurance coverage is important. In fact, even if you do have insurance, many hospitals and treatment facilities require payment at the time of service. Most health insurance policies--except for Medicaid, Medicare and certain HMOs--cover medical expenses incurred while traveling.
Call your insurance company a few weeks prior to traveling to Belize to ensure that you have sufficient coverage. If your policy does not have a provision for medical care while traveling, consider one of the following companies which offer supplemental policies for medical bills incurred while vacationing:
|Company||Website ||Telephone Number
|Travel Assistance International||http://www.travelassistance.com||800-821-2828
The safety of water in Belize is heavily dependent upon which part of the country you're traveling in. In many of the urban areas tap water is filtered and considered safe to drink but visitors are advised to purchase bottled water and avoid drinks with ice. Local specialties such as ceviche should be avoided as well, as raw and undercooked meat can cause food-borne illness.
Travelers in Belize who take these precautions will avoid many common health and medical concerns.
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