Sunday 26 January, 2020

150 samples sent to CARPHA to be investigated for dengue since October

Since the start of the year, the Cayman Islands has sent 150 samples to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to be investigated for dengue. 

Since the last update on November 22, 2019, 20 additional results have been received from CARPHA - confirming three new cases of dengue in Cayman. 

This brings the total number of confirmed dengue results (since the first locally transmitted case in October 2019), to 17 locally-transmitted and nine imported cases.

These three new cases had no travel history, which suggests that these persons acquired dengue within the Cayman Islands.

To date, confirmed cases have been distributed between East End, George Town, West Bay and Bodden Town.

Of that number, 34 persons were admitted to the Cayman Islands Hospital and Health City, Cayman Islands showing clinical symptoms that might potentially be dengue.

The Public Health Department’s Surveillance Unit continues to deploy enhanced surveillance measures, working closely with government and private sector physicians to review reports of suspected dengue.

For more information, contact the Public Health Department on 244-2648. For advice on mosquito control, contact MRCU on 949-2557 in Grand Cayman, or 948-2223 on Cayman Brac; and Department of Environmental Health on 949-6696 in Grand Cayman, or 948-2321 in Cayman Brac.

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