Five new locally acquired dengue cases

| 26/11/2019 | 19 Comments
Cayman News Service
Aedes aegypti mosquito

(CNS): Public health officials said there have been eight new cases of dengue fever confirmed in Cayman since the last update on 8 November; five of those cases involved local transmission as the patients had no recent travel history. Over the last few weeks 37 results have been received from the Caribbean Public Health Agency, which confirmed the latest cases. The total number of confirmed dengue cases since October is now 23, fourteen of which were acquired here and nine overseas.

Patients have been distributed between East End, George Town, West Bay and Bodden Town in this latest outbreak.

Since the start of the year the Cayman Islands has sent 139 samples to CARPHA to be investigated for dengue. Of that number, 33 people 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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  1. Anonymous says:

    Most comments are a “knee jerk reaction”.

    1. still 0.0%
    2. if you want Oxytec, watch Unnatural selection, episode 3 on Netfix
    3. If you want more aerial spraying/fogging, make a list of all people who died in the last 3 years and find out the cause- majority died from cancer.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’ve posted comments about this before because I don’t understand the hysteria. I’ve visited places where dengue is endemic, they even give you guidelines about it in the tourist information, and I’ve been infected. You feel like c*** for a few days then it’s all over, much easier to handle than a dose of flu and not infectious. Why are people being admitted to hospital over this? Why are they even being tested? If they develop the only serious one of the four dengue strains (hemorrhagic) it’ll become evident very quickly – probably while their blood samples are still away for testing.

    • Anonymous says:

      Answer:
      Mass hysteria caused by scaremongering people into behaviour that gives them (BigFarma and doctors who get commissions) money.

      I wanted to post measles history in the USA, but it is gone from all search engines. The point is that by early 1960s all kids had measles before they reached 15 years of age. Death and injuries were 0.0001%. THERE WERE NO MASS HYSTERIA over 100 measles cases because 600,000 (or so) annual measles cases were normal.

      P.S. Being introduced to conflicting viewpoints is crucial to understanding.

      • Anonymous says:

        I posted the 9:40 comment and was born in 1951. I had measles, mumps, German measles and chicken pox before I was 10. In 2003 I handled the Fujian flu (it’s a strain of avian flu) without any real medical intervention, although it did put me out of action for a month, just six months after recovering from a serious kidney problem. We’re becoming a bunch of snowflakes who think getting a bit sick is a major issue. Fact of life – we get sick, sometimes we die, get used to it.

        • Anonymous says:

          Thank you for sharing. I agree with you. Kids that are born today have so many “conditions” , genetic diseases, congenital abnormalities because natural selection is not allowed anymore by “advances” in medicine, overvacinations, etc. Before you call me names, ask a child who was «saved” to only suffer for the rest of his life if it was his choice. I am not against all vaccination either, especially polio and diphtheria.

          As an aside, it is good to know that vaccinomics are coming into play because not every vaccine is equally safe or equally effective in every person.

          Vaccinomics is a field of pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenetics (associations of individual genes and drug or vaccine response) has provided both the science base and clinical outcomes that together increasingly allow for the practice of individualized drug therapy. The application of this same science when applied to vaccines have labeled ‘vaccinomics’ Thus, just as we now recognize that a variety of drugs, such as antidepressant and antihypertensive medications, may require different dosing based on individual genetic differences and result in different side-effect profiles, resulting in variations in therapeutic effect based on genetically-based individual variations; we have now begun to recognize similar attributes in terms of vaccine indications, dosing, side effects and outcomes.

    • Al Catraz says:

      The 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic killed 40-50 million people. However, there were some 500 million people who were infected.

      So, the deadliest flu epidemic ever, which killed TENS OF MILLIONS of people, only killed around 10% of the people who got it.

      You are correct, MOST people will survive dengue. What percentage of Caymanians are you okay killing off? 5? 10?

      Dengue fever is typically a self-limited disease with a mortality rate of less than 1% when detected early and with access to proper medical care. When treated, severe dengue has a mortality rate of 2%-5%, but, when left untreated, the mortality rate is as high as 20%.

      So, it is simply a trade-off between how much you want to spend on prevention, how much you want to spend on treatment, and how many people you want to die.

      if you are okay with killing off, say, 1,000 people on Grand Cayman, which isn’t a tremendous percentage, then that’s fine. That leaves plenty of people like yourself who will be briefly symptomatic and then recover – in fact most won’t die. Certainly Cayman can do with several hundred to several thousand fewer people, so I’m sure you won’t mind the relatively low mortality rate of dengue.

      • Anonymous says:

        Trade off? How about you save 5 caymanians from dengue and sacrifice 5 of your loved ones to cancer?

        No one had died from dengue in Cayman. To stop dengue you want to kill all things alive on this rock including humans?

  3. Anonymous says:

    You mess with Mother Nature, da wha ya get!

    Mosquitoes that can fly the spray plane better than the pilot himself!

    Smarter than ol’ McKeeva Bush, too!

    Sipping on puddles and makng babies in the swamps around Camana Bay.

    There are so many problems being unlocked in the Cayman Islands.

    It’s like Pandora’s Islands!

    People are going to stop coming in droves.

  4. Anonymous says:

    And the MRCU has changed over to new fools for hire, got a big raise, and still the mosquitoes are the worst they have been in 10 years in Frank Sound. Is it because no MLA royalty lives here? Is it because our spray is going to other places this year? In this country of no see, no talk, no hear the truth only a few know the truth and everyone else has no idea.Caymankind.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lizards eat bugs.Y’all got rid of the lizards. Bad decision.

    • Anonymous says:

      Iguanas don’t eat mosquitos.. don’t be stupid. Green iguanas are predominantly herbivorous. It’s the bats that are the main mosquito control on our island. Plus the bats are endemic where as the green iguanas are invasive and have to go.

    • Anonymous says:

      And they eat chicken eggs.

  6. Anonymous says:

    MRCU better get a handle of this. No matter how big they build the port, the tourists will not come if this issue gets out of hand. Here we are now one year later after the release of GMO mosquitoes. What a waste of money spent and NO accountability!

  7. Anonymous says:

    It is interesting to note that the DoE has gone ghost on this. Given that they were all gung-ho with Oxitec in releasing these modified mosquitoes. Now we see that this experiment has failed, and the super mosquito is breeding, why haven’t anyone taken responsibility for this failure??!!!

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