Zika virus – Incidence and trends
Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez, has made public the latest information on the transmission of the Zika virus within the Cayman Islands.
"Since the last update of Tuesday, 9 August 2016, eight additional results have been received from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). Of these, seven returned negative for Zika virus and one result was positive,” Dr. Williams-Rodriguez said.
Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time:
Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time:
Honduras and Suriname
Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time:
Costa Rica and Guatemala
A large majority of Grand Cayman residents support the public health programme known as the Friendly Aedes aegypti Project under way in West Bay. A recent opinion poll has revealed that 69 per cent of residents support this initiative, while only 13 per cent oppose the programme.
The Mosquito Research Control Unit (MRCU), in collaboration with biotechnology company Oxitec, began its release programme of genetically engineered (GE) adult male mosquitoes in late July to combat the non-native mosquito that is known to spread viral diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya.
As of 10 August 2016, 69 countries and territories (Fig. 1, Table 1) have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (66 of these countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2015):
Zika virus – Incidence and trends
The Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez is advising of Cayman's first report of locally transmitted Zika Virus.
The patient, a male who resides in George Town, reported an onset of symptoms on 25 July 2016. He visited a private medical office on 26 July 2016, and was referred to Cayman Islands Hospital where a sample was taken and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing. No travel history has been noted for this individual to any of the countries where there is an outbreak, thus suggesting Zika was acquired locally.
The Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez would like to provide an update on yesterday's report advising of Cayman's first locally transmitted Zika Virus case.
Further investigation into the report received from Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has revealed a second case of locally transmitted Zika virus. This was previously included in the number classified as imported cases.
Forty-eight Cuban migrants recently entered local waters aboard a makeshift vessel.
They arrived in Cayman Brac on May 1st and were met by local authorities. The following morning they departed Cayman Brac having expressed the desire to continue their journey, but later that night the group of 37 males and 11 females returned to Cayman Brac. Five migrants disembarked the vessel. The other 43 migrants continued their journey.
On May 5th the five migrants were transported to Grand Cayman.
The Cayman Islands Government has sent US$500,000 to the people of Dominica to help them in the struggle to recover from Tropical Storm Erika.
The storm struck 27 August, 2015, triggering floods and mudslides, leaving at least 31 people dead and dozens of people missing.
“I really do think this is something we must do,” said Cayman Islands Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin. “We know devastation first-hand. They are our brothers and sisters too.”
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 13, 2015 – The 16 Caribbean member governments of CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) completed their catastrophe insurance portfolios for 2015/2016. All 16 Caribbean members renewed their hurricane policies; all 13 that had earthquake policies renewed those; and 12 obtained excess rainfall coverage – an increase of 4 over the 8 countries that purchased excess rainfall policies for the first time last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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