Officials confirm 20th local Zika case in GT

| 18/11/2016 | 5 Comments

(CNS): A woman in George Town who tested positive for the Zika virus who has no relevant travel history became the twentieth person in Cayman to pick-up the mosquito-bourne virus this week. Public health officials confirmed that the total number of laboratory tested cases of Zika is now 30, which includes those who were infected overseas, though it is believed that many more people may have had the virus did not contact healthcare providers.

The department recently completed a series of town hall meetings in all districts, where detailed information was available to the public about the spread of Zika and its risks, especially for pregnant women. Officials stated that the woman who tested positive this week is not pregnant.

Further information about Zika can be found here. Regional perspectives on the Zika virus can be accessed by visiting the CARPHA website here. In addition, the global perspective can be accessed here.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    How many news cases of cancer?

  2. Anonymous says:

    We are now seeing a trend towards slowing of Zika transmission, due to some degree, I think, to the decline in Zika cases in neighboring countries, but we should not forget the important role of MRCU in their irradiation efforts.

    Nevertheless, I hope that we will continue to be vigilant, especially in the case of pregnant women or those who are planning pregnancies.

    i had actually predicted that Cayman would not be as badly affected as other Caribbean islands. I also predict that despite having had some cases of zika infections among a few pregnant women, Caynan will NOT have any Zika babies. This is because I believe that it is the virus load that causes the profound effect on the foetuses.

  3. Anonymous says:

    When it takes 4 months to get test results…..what use are the statistics?

    • Anonymous says:

      I had no idea that it took four months — seems a long time to me to be correct.

      But even if results take a while to get back, they still constitute data, if that was the point you were making. Slow but sure.

    • Anonymous says:

      It takes 10 days. I was tested for Zika myself after I developed a rash and all the symptoms however it came back negative and was a different virus.

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