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05 Jul 2015 description

The Public Health Department is coordinating with local and international multi-sectoral agencies, to address concerns at the post- Hurricane Ivan temporary hurricane debris storage and processing site, Block 55 Parcel 57, in Frank Sound.

07 Jun 2015 description

Heavy rain from the weather system affecting the Cayman Islands since Tuesday, 2 June has resulted in flooding in a number of areas across the Country. On Friday evening, further reports of flooded homes and roads in George Town and in West Bay led to the opening at 9.30 pm of the of the Shelter at the Red Cross Building on Huldah Avenue. The Shelter will remain open until further notice to assist persons who need accommodation due to flood waters. Some of the areas affected include Anthony Drive, Washington Boulevard, Smith Road in George Town and parts of West Bay.

24 Mar 2015 description

A large-scale tsunami response exercise will take place in the Caribbean on 25 March. The purpose of this exercise is to test the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and adjacent regions* in the event of a dangerous tsunami. The organizers** of the test have prepared two scenarii.

24 Dec 2014 description

Public health officials received two positive test results for chikungunya from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) over the period 9-20 December 2014. A further seven results were negative and one was inconclusive.

By district, positive cases were as follows: George Town - one, Cayman Brac -one. The onset of symptoms for the patients was 1 and 3 December which means that they are no longer contagious. One had travel history to Cuba and the other had no travel history indicating local transmission. This brings the number of locally transmitted cases to 15.

12 Dec 2014 description

Chikungunya update:

• Another patient without travel history has tested positive for chikungunya, the Caribbean Public Health Agency informed the Cayman Islands during the week of 25 November – 1 December 2014.

• This brings the number of locally transmitted cases to 13.

• Onset of symptoms for the positive case was 21 October which means that person is no longer contagious.

01 Dec 2014 description

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27 Nov 2014 description

Chikungunya update:

• During the past week, two positive results for chikungunya for patients without travel history were received from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) making the locally transmitted cases at 12.

19 Nov 2014 description

The total number of confirmed chikungunya cases in the Cayman Islands remains at 34 to date with 10 locally transmitted cases.

The distribution of confirmed cases has been: George Town - 13; Cayman Brac - four; West Bay - seven; Bodden Town - seven, Little Cayman - two and North Side - one. 24 have reported travel history to countries experiencing outbreaks, (two to the Dominican Republic, three to Guyana, 18 to Jamaica and one to St Lucia).

13 Nov 2014 description

The total number of confirmed chikungunya cases in the Cayman Islands has reached 34 to date. Meanwhile the number of locally transmitted cases is now ten.

The distribution of confirmed cases has been: George Town - 13; Cayman Brac - four; West Bay - seven; Bodden Town - seven, Little Cayman - two and North Side - one. 24 have reported travel history to countries experiencing outbreaks, (two to the Dominican Republic, three to Guyana, 18 to Jamaica and one to St Lucia).

05 Nov 2014 description

The total number of confirmed chikungunya cases in the Cayman Islands has reached 30 to date. Meanwhile the number of locally transmitted cases is now six.

The distribution of confirmed cases has been: George Town - 11; Cayman Brac - four; West Bay - seven; Bodden Town - five, Little Cayman - two and North Side - one. 24 have reported travel history to countries experiencing outbreaks, (two to the Dominican Republic, three to Guyana, 18 to Jamaica and one to St Lucia).

16 Oct 2014 description

The total number of confirmed chikungunya cases reached 25 this week (13 October 2014).

• The distribution of confirmed cases (25) has been: George Town -nine; Cayman Brac three; West Bay six; Bodden Town –five and Little Cayman two. Twenty – one reported travel history to countries experiencing outbreaks, (two to the Dominican Republic, three to Guyana, fifteen to Jamaica and one to St Lucia). The number of locally transmitted cases remains at four.

09 Oct 2014 description

The total number of confirmed chikungunya cases reached 20 this week (6 October 2014).

• The distribution of confirmed cases (20) has been: George Town -seven; Cayman Brac three; West Bay five; and Bodden Town -five. Sixteen reported travel history to countries experiencing outbreaks, (two to the Dominican Republic, three to Guyana, ten to Jamaica and one to St Lucia). The number of locally transmitted cases remains at four.

03 Oct 2014 description

Eleven of 13 results of samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing during 16th-24th September 2014, have come back positive for the chikungunya virus, officials learnedWednesday evening (1st October 2014).

"Eight had travel history to other Caribbean countries prior to becoming ill. Six had travelled to Jamaica, one to St Lucia and the other to Guyana, while three had no travel history, which means those were cases of local transmission” said Dr Kiran Kumar, Medical Officer of Health.

10 Sep 2014 description

Total confirmed cases of chikungunya remain at five as reported on 28 July 2014. Since then, there have been no new confirmed cases.

• Since the last update of 1 September 2014, three new cases were under investigation during the week of 1 - 8 September 2014. The blood samples were sent for testing at Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad on 8 September 2014.

• Two results were received this week from CARPHA. All tested negative for chikungunya.

• Total cases investigated for chikungunya since 25 June 2014 is 31.

22 Aug 2014 description

Total confirmed cases of chikungunya remain at five as reported on 28 July 2014. Since then there have been no new confirmed cases.

• Total cases investigated for chikungunya since 25 June 2014 is 19.

• The total results received thus far are: out of 15 cases tested, five have come back positive, nine negative and one inconclusive. Results of four blood samples are awaited.

11 Aug 2014 description

“Total confirmed cases of chikungunya remain at five as reported on 28 July 2014. Since then there have been no new confirmed cases,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kiran Kumar.

“The date of onset of the last confirmed case was on 22 July 2014 and the date of onset of locally acquired chikungunya was on the 11 July 2014, an indication that the outbreak is contained,” Dr Kumar added.

• Total cases investigated for chikungunya since 25 June 2014 is 16.

07 Aug 2014 description

Total cases investigated for chikungunya since 25 June 2014 is 13.

• Since the last update on 28 July 2014, there have been three new cases (from residents of West Bay) for testing during the week of 29 July- 4 August 2014.

• Two results were received this week from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), both tested negative for chikungunya.

The total results received thus far are: out of 10 cases tested, five have come back positive and five negative. Three results for blood samples sent during the period 31 July - 4 August are pending.

30 Jul 2014 description

Total cases investigated for chikungunya since 25 June 2014 is 10.

•Since the last update on 21 July 2014, there have been three new cases for testing during the week of 22-28 July, 2014, (one resident from West Bay, one resident from George Town and one resident from Cayman Brac).

•One result was received this week from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), which tested positive for chikungunya. The patient has travel history to the Dominican Republic.

24 Jul 2014 description

Total cases investigated for chikungunya since 25 June 2014 is seven.

• Since the last update on 14 July 2014, there has been one new case, a resident of West Bay, under investigation for chikungunya. (This is during the week of 15-21 July, 2014.)

• Three results were received during this week from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), with one positive.

The total results received thus far are: out of seven cases tested four have come back positive and three negative.