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Mystery ‘attack’ in Cuba likely mozzie spray

Mystery ‘attack’ in Cuba likely mozzie spray

| 20/09/2019 | 6 Comments

(CNS): Canadian researchers might have identified the cause of a mystery illness suffered by diplomatic staff in Cuba three years ago as mosquito repellent gas. After several overseas staff from various countries reported mysterious symptoms, officials from the US, in particular, accused the Cuban government of an “acoustic attack” with a secret sonic weapon.

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Local laws under review due to vaping fears

Local laws under review due to vaping fears

| 18/09/2019 | 80 Comments

(CNS): The health ministry is reviewing local legislation in an effort to protect members of the public from the potential fatal effects that have been seen in other jurisdictions over the use of e-cigarettes and vaping. Government is aiming to implement intervention measures and ban the use of e-cigarettes by children and adolescents, as it […]

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Lionfish culler bitten by nurse shark

Lionfish culler bitten by nurse shark

| 31/08/2019 | 12 Comments

(CNS Local Life): A diver taking part in the Cayman United Lionfish League (CULL) tournament today (Saturday, 31 August) was bitten by a nurse shark, suffering a serious injury to the back of his knee. Paul Egleston (70), who is a CULL board member and experienced diver, was hunting lionfish when the shark began aggressively […]

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‘Dangerous’ driver turns out to be med-emergency

‘Dangerous’ driver turns out to be med-emergency

| 26/08/2019 | 7 Comments

(CNS): Police came to the rescue of a woman in Bodden Town last week after reports of a car driving dangerously on Shamrock Road, in the vicinity of Countryside, on Wednesday afternoon. Officers who were called to the report tracked the vehicle to an address in the Northward area, where they found a woman in […]

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MRCU using controversial pesticide

MRCU using controversial pesticide

| 13/08/2019 | 78 Comments

(CNS) Updated: The Mosquito Research and Control Unit has confirmed it is still using a controversial pesticide as part of its arsenal of weapons against the pests. In response to enquiries by CNS, MRCU Director Jim McNelly said chlorpyrifos is used as a rotational tool where mosquitoes exhibit a resistance to pyrethroid-based products. But this […]

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Ebola outbreak very low risk for region

Ebola outbreak very low risk for region

| 12/08/2019 | 1 Comment

(CNS): Another outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic disease, Ebola, centred around the Democratic Republic of Congo, currently poses an extremely low level risk to the Caribbean region, regardless of the World Health Organisation Public Health Emergency declaration last month. Officials from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and local healthcare professionals have met a number […]

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Construction worker fell 20ft feet

Construction worker fell 20ft feet

| 07/08/2019 | 6 Comments

(CNS): The Inspections Unit of the Department of Labour and Pensions has confirmed that it is investigating how a construction worker fell some 20 feet at a construction site in South Sound on Monday. At around 10:30am the man fell from one of the partially constructed buildings at the Vela Condos phase 2 location off […]

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Impaled driver fully recovers from freak injury

Impaled driver fully recovers from freak injury

| 06/08/2019

(CNS Local Life): Nicholas Connor (30) sustained a dramatic freak injury during a car crash earlier this year after he was impaled on a steel pole but amazingly walked out of the hospital just a week later. Connor had smashed into a chain link fence and one of the poles holding up the fence went […]

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Chopper makes two weekend medivacs

Chopper makes two weekend medivacs

| 23/07/2019 | 16 Comments

(CNS): The RCIPS Air Operations Unit carried out two medical evacuations from Cayman Brac to Grand Cayman this weekend using the police helicopter, which is becoming an increasingly important tool in medical emergencies. The chopper and crew transported a woman suffering from possible heart failure early Saturday morning and a man who was involved in […]

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Is flesh-eating disease a concern here?

Is flesh-eating disease a concern here?

| 23/07/2019

We are hearing numerous reports of people getting infected by the bacteria causing necrotising fasciitis (known as the flesh-eating disease) in the warm coastal waters of the US. Grateful if you could tell us what the DoE, DEH and government health officials are doing to regularly check the bacteria counts in our much-used coastal waters. […]

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Visitor badly bitten by barracuda at Sandbar

Visitor badly bitten by barracuda at Sandbar

| 17/07/2019 | 80 Comments

(CNS): A visitor to the Cayman Islands from the United States was badly bitten at the weekend by a barracuda at the Stingray City Sandbar. Some details of the incident were posted on social media by witnesses on the same boat, and Health City Cayman Islands confirmed to CNS on Wednesday that the victim was […]

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