Friday 6 December, 2019

Eight new cases of dengue confirmed in Cayman

Eight new cases of dengue have been confirmed in the Cayman Islands since November 8.


Of these eight new cases, three patients had travelled to a country with year-round transmission of dengue, while five had no travel history, which suggests that they got dengue within the Cayman Islands, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has revealed.

This brings the total number of confirmed dengue results since the first locally transmitted case in October 2019, to 14 locally transmitted and nine imported cases.

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

Since the start of the year, the Cayman Islands has sent a total of 139 samples to CARPHA to be investigated for dengue.

Of that number, 33 persons were admitted to the Cayman Islands Hospital and Health City, showing clinical symptoms that might potentially be dengue.

The Public Health Department’s Surveillance Unit continues to deploy systematic and 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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