Tag: Public Health Department

Public health issues warning over regional dengue

Public health issues warning over regional dengue

| 09/01/2019 | 28 Comments

(CNS): Local health officials are urging Cayman Islands residents to be aware of an increase in reported cases of dengue in the Caribbean region. While there have been no reported cases for some time in Cayman, the frequency with which people travel to and from this jurisdiction always puts residents at risk during any outbreaks […]

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Officials try to contain hand, foot and mouth outbreak

Officials try to contain hand, foot and mouth outbreak

| 26/02/2018 | 11 Comments

(CNS): With more than 60 reported cases of hand, foot and mouth disease, the Public Health Department said it is “working robustly” with relevant partners to monitor, mitigate and contain the outbreak. Normally a summer virus impacting children, this highly infectious disease can also hit adults and there is no vaccine or cure. The symptoms are managed […]

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Measles outbreak in region believed to be from Europe

Measles outbreak in region believed to be from Europe

| 01/02/2018 | 19 Comments

(CNS): The Public Health Department is issuing an alert for travellers after at least two cases of measles were confirmed in the Caribbean and Central America that appear to have been imported from Europe. There have been no cases of measles in the Cayman Islands since 1990. Local immunisation coverage against the disease is around […]

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Zika cases still confined to GT, meetings set

Zika cases still confined to GT, meetings set

| 22/09/2016 | 5 Comments

(CNS): Public health officials have said there are now 12 confirmed cases of locally acquired Zika virus in Cayman. Three more positive tests results were received this week for people with no relevant travel history, all of whom live in George Town. There will be a series of public meetings starting next week to address concerns, especially for pregnant women. Since […]

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Third Zika case transmitted in George Town

Third Zika case transmitted in George Town

| 18/08/2016 | 58 Comments

(CNS): A George Town woman has become the third patient to test positive for Zika who does not have a travel history to a country where there has been an outbreak of the virus. Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez said that several more patients have been tested for the virus and another […]

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Earlier local Zika transmission confirmed in 2nd case

Earlier local Zika transmission confirmed in 2nd case

| 09/08/2016 | 46 Comments

(CNS): A second locally acquired case of Zika virus has been confirmed by public health officials in another George Town patient that had previously been counted as an imported case. Following the news from the Public Health Department that the first case of locally transmitted Zika was reported in a male patient in George Town […]

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Two cases of Zika confirmed in Cayman

Two cases of Zika confirmed in Cayman

| 05/07/2016 | 65 Comments

(CNS): Although Cayman managed to remain Zika free for a considerable time as the virus raged across the region, public health officials confirmed Tuesday the first two Cayman Islands cases of the virus, imported by returning residents who contracted the virus overseas. Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez said the patients are both […]

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US measles outbreak leads to local warnings

US measles outbreak leads to local warnings

| 28/06/2016 | 9 Comments

(CNS): With a growing number of confirmed cases of measles in the United States, officials from Cayman’s Public Health Department are issuing an alert to travellers. People visiting states in the US affected by the outbreak are urged to ensure their family’s immunisations against measles are up to date, as unprotected children are at the […]

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Visitor to Cayman tests positive for Zika

Visitor to Cayman tests positive for Zika

| 03/06/2016 | 59 Comments

(CNS): The Public Health Department is investigating a case of Zika virus in a patient who had visited Cayman and tested positive on returning home. Despite releasing information to the media yesterday claiming Cayman was sill Zika free, following enquiries by CNS, officials released a statement Friday evening about the possible arrival of the disease […]

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Travellers urged to guard against yellow fever

Travellers urged to guard against yellow fever

| 04/05/2016 | 6 Comments

(CNS): With the emergence of a yellow fever outbreak in Africa and parts of Asia, public health officials here are urging travelers to take precautions as the disease is spread by the usual culprit, the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The mosquito, which is hard to control because it lives and breeds close to humans in dense […]

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Zika spreads through region, Cayman still clear

Zika spreads through region, Cayman still clear

| 05/04/2016 | 9 Comments

(CNS): As the Zika virus continues to spread thoughout the region, as of Monday, there are no reported or confirmed cases of Zika virus in the Cayman Islands. Noting that there are now 47 countries reporting active Zika transmission, Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez urged the public to take “an abundance of […]

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