Two new patients come down with dengue fever

| 05/11/2019 | 21 Comments

(CNS): Another two local residents have been infected with dengue fever over the last two weeks, officials confirmed after samples were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency. In these latest cases, one of the patients had travelled to a country where transmission of dengue is year-round but the other acquired the fever in the Cayman Islands.

The Public Health Department said eight people have now been infected by the mosquito-transmitted disease since the first case in early October, four locally and four overseas. To date, all the recently confirmed cases have been distributed between East End and George Town, the department stated.

Since the start of the year the Cayman Islands has sent 96 suspected dengue samples to CARPHA, with 26 people admitted and treated in hospital after showing clinical symptoms that might potentially be dengue. But only in three cases, all from this summer and involving patients who had travelled to countries where dengue is endemic (year-round), did the samples come back positive.

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.

Meanwhile, officials continue to urge everyone to take precautions against mosquito bites.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s why our family sprays ourselves down with Roundup before we leave the house.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Quick, someone find the Ebola tent!

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  3. Kim says:

    In which countries is dengue is endemic?

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  4. Anonymous says:

    If the blood tests are still being sent to Trinidad for testing the patients will have got over the infection by the time the results are back.

    This is turning into a big scare. It’s been posted before but worth repeating – There are four strains of dengue and only one (hemorrhagic) is life threatening, the other three are no worse than a bad dose of flu and the symptoms pass fairly quickly.

    In 2007 my partner and I went to Micronesia for three weeks. At the end of the trip we both came down with one of the mild strains of dengue but were still able to make the long trip back to the UK – that involves island hopping to Honolulu from Chuuk, then on to London via Chicago. At the end we both felt pretty wasted but within a few of days were back to normal.

    Compare that to norovirus, which is fairly common here and highly contagious. You can’t go anywhere if that hits you and, in any hot climate, that is potentially a major health threat but do we get any warnings about it?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you for your comment.

      2/65,000=0.00000%
      How many hemorrhagic dengue cases in Grand Cayman? None?

      Is island wide insecticide poisoning warranted?

      I can protect myself from mosquito bites, but I can do nothing to protect my body from the toxic chemicals used in mosquito control. Neither can flora and fauna. Neither can bees, birds, bats and all other living things.

      Everything in vicinity of the Dump is already the most contaminated on this rock.
      How much more poisoning a human body can take?

      See if you find familiarities here:

      The Color of Toxic Debris
      https://prospect.org/special-report/color-toxic-debris/

      “The soil was so toxic that in 1994, the Environmental Protection Agency declared the Agriculture Street Landfill a Superfund site, indicating a serious health hazard in need of costly remediation. ”

      “In 1993, challenging the EPA’s cleanup plans, the Concerned Citizens of Agriculture Street Landfill filed a class-action lawsuit against the city of New Orleans for damages and cost of relocation.”

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      • Anonymous says:

        “There are 4 different dengue types, and infection with one type gives little immune protection against the other types. … Current scientific evidence shows that sequential infection increases the risk of a severe form of the infection with bleedings – dengue hemorrhagic fever.” (https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/dengue-fever/facts/factsheet)

        This is why we try to stamp out the disease/insect every time we find it. Because its not JUST a mild disease, despite what types you get and what Micronesian travelers may want to think.

      • Anonymous says:

        Damn expat mosquitos!

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Bring back oxitech

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    • Anonymous says:

      No the people prefer toxic chemicals to be sprayed on their heads and crops.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I think you want to watch Unnatural selection on Netflix. Episode 3.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I wish the government and the health services authority will get whatever equipment and trained up technicians to do the testing on the Islands. They have been sending these samples to Trinidad for over 30 years. wjy is it so difficult to do this locally? . If Trinidad can do these testing why can’t we do it here? How much does it cost to do a test and also how many hours is the blood samples hanging around between here and there before the test is completed. No disrespect to Trinidad but why are we still doing this. I wonder if the ” pink carnation expert ” can answer these. Come on people help us get more efficient !

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      • Anonymous says:

        If Bermuda has Bus system, why is it so difficult to do this locally?
        If Bermuda’s waste management is up to date, why is it so difficult to do this locally?
        If Bermuda airport meets modern safety standards and growing demand for passenger capacity, why wasn’t GCM airport built to such standards?

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        • Anonymous says:

          10:17am – This. This is such a brilliant comment. It is a stand alone comment even, not necessarily to 9:47am

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