Suspected dengue cases under review

| 28/10/2019 | 7 Comments
Cayman News Service
Aedes aegypti mosquito

(CNS): Public health officials have said that more samples of suspected cases of dengue fever have been sent to the regional lab in Trinidad for testing and they are urging the public to take precautions against the Aedes aegypti mosquito bites. So far, there are six confirmed cases — three patients who were infected overseas and another three who appear to be victims of local transmission.

An update on confirmed cases is expected Friday. In the meantime people are advised to protect themselves from dengue by getting rid of standing water in containers around homes, avoid going outside at times of mosquito activity, wear long-sleeves and pants, wear repellent and close or screen windows.

See here for tips on how to avoid mosquito bites

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  1. Anonymous says:

    “Test result shows recent exposure to the dengue virus”. But not a confirmation of having it. Ha!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Make a mix of ANY of these essential oils:
    Citronella, Cedarwood, Lemongrass , Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Nootka Tree, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea, Arborvitae and Vanilla CO2.

    ADD 1 drop to your base oil and apply liberally all over your body if you spend time in mosquitos infested area. Carry a repellent made of the the same oils and water. Spray exposed skin periodically.

    Guide to base oils:
    Apricot Kernel oil- Absorbs easily into the skin
    Argan – Silky, non-greasy, absorbs easily into the skin
    Camellia Seed oil- easily absorbed into the skin leaving a smooth finish
    Evening Primrose – will leave a smooth sheen on the skin
    Grape seed – Absorbs easily into the skin
    Hazelnut – absorbs quickly, and leaves a non-greasy feel
    Jojoba – leaves a satiny finish
    Rosehip- quickly absorbed by the skin and does not leave an oily feel
    Sweet Almond – absorbs at average speed into skin, and leaves a slightly oily feel

    Now you are protected without harmful chemicals.

    • Anonymous says:

      How do you know the chemicals are not harmful? Do you know exactly what chemicals are in your essential oils? I thought not. The oils are likely to contain a whole cocktail of different potentially cancer causing chemicals. How about the risk of allergic reactions, especially with your nut based oils? How safe is your mixture to pregnant women:: isn’t evening primrose oil used to induce labor? Lots of potential risks with your mixture so I think it is far safer to use commercial products that have been tested and so far have been shown to be safe.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is getting like the SARS and Ebola scares.

    My personal experience of dengue in Micronesia a few years ago was – Get sick, feel like complete c*** for a couple days, recover, move on.

    At least once a year we get an outbreak of norovirus, which is very contagious and far more unpleasant but easily contained if people observe a few simple rules, but nobody seems to feel the need to issue any health warnings about that. I’ll offer two bits of norovirus advice. The first is, if you work in any part of the hospitality or catering business stay off sick for a least a week after the onset of the symptoms because going back to work too soon is the best way to spread this nasty infection. The second is, don’t go rushing to your doctor or the hospital – there’s no effective treatment, it will pass and all you’re doing is spreading it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Didn’t the current Premier pick this up a few years ago and end up on an IV in the hospital? He probably didn’t need the IV but that should have been a warning about how nasty norovirus is. Look up up ‘cruise ships norovirus’ on Google – that’s scary!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh dear! Here we go again. I have a question- why do we have to send samples off island for testing? Is it because we do not have the equipment, expertise etc. would it be very expensive to get to the point where these tests can be carried out locally? Enquiring mind wants to know!


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