Tag: Aedes aegypti

Five new locally acquired dengue cases

Five new locally acquired dengue cases

| 26/11/2019 | 19 Comments

(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, […]

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Suspected dengue cases under review

Suspected dengue cases under review

| 28/10/2019 | 7 Comments

(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 […]

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MRCU steps up efforts to combat mosquitoes

MRCU steps up efforts to combat mosquitoes

| 21/10/2019 | 11 Comments

(CNS): The Public Health Department and the Mosquito Research and Control Unit are working on mitigating the health impact of the current dengue outbreak, officials said in a press release following the confirmation that six people in Cayman have contracted the disease. With three of those infected having no travel history, the authorities are undertaking […]

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Local dengue fever cases climbing

Local dengue fever cases climbing

| 17/10/2019 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Following last week’s announcement of a case of locally transmitted dengue fever in a patient in East End with no travel history, public health officials have confirmed that, as of Thursday, there were six cases, three in patients that had been overseas and three who contracted it here. The Public Health Department has still […]

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Local dengue case reported to HSA

Local dengue case reported to HSA

| 14/10/2019 | 17 Comments

(CNS): A local resident who has contracted dengue fever has no recent travel history, public health officials are warning as they urged people to take precautions against mosquito bites. Dengue, which is transmitted by the bite of Aedes aegypti, causing cyclical outbreaks every three years or so, is an infectious disease that can be deadly. […]

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Mystery ‘attack’ in Cuba likely mozzie spray

Mystery ‘attack’ in Cuba likely mozzie spray

| 20/09/2019 | 16 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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MRCU using CUC meters to map inspections

MRCU using CUC meters to map inspections

| 25/02/2019 | 4 Comments

(CNS): A team of disease prevention officers (DPOs) from the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) has begun residential inspections to collect data on where the dangerous Aedes aegypti mosquito is breeding. Officials said that the DPOs are inspecting the grounds of homes for containers, whether human-made, such as buckets, tyres and cisterns, or natural, like […]

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Cayman remains dengue free despite regional outbreak

Cayman remains dengue free despite regional outbreak

| 15/02/2019 | 5 Comments

(CNS): Pubic officials have investigated 19 patients in the Cayman Islands over the last month to ensure they were not suffering from dengue, as a result of a regional outbreak of the fever which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoe. The Public Health Department said that it it has received test results for 13 cases, all of […]

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Minister claims GM mosquitoes didn’t work

Minister claims GM mosquitoes didn’t work

| 23/11/2018 | 60 Comments

(CNS): The environmental health minister, who has responsibility for the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU). has said the release of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in West Bay did not work and has confirmed that when the Oxitec contract formally ends on 31 December, that will be “the last you hear about Oxitec being […]

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MRCU aims to eradicate Aedes aegypti

MRCU aims to eradicate Aedes aegypti

| 30/08/2018 | 27 Comments

(CNS): The Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) has created a board made up largely of international and global technical experts with the ambitious goal of eradicating the Aedes aegypti mosquito from Grand Cayman. The creation of this specialist advisory board was revealed in a press release from government, which said the board would provide input on […]

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MRCU signs new $600k deal with Oxitec

MRCU signs new $600k deal with Oxitec

| 22/05/2018 | 33 Comments

(CNS): Despite recent revelations that the pilot project using genetically modified male mosquitoes to reduce the Aedes aegypti population fell far short of expectations, the government has signed a new deal with biotechnology company, Oxitec, to continue releasing them. The contract is costing the public purse around CI$588,000 and appears to be not much more than a […]

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