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28 Oct 2016 description
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Help for Haiti

The big-hearted people of the Cayman Islands sent a plane-load of aid to hurricane-hit Haiti on Sunday (16 October 2016).

Hundreds of boxes of emergency supplies were loaded onto a Cayman Airways flight on Saturday night and then flown to Port au Prince the following morning.

Donations had been collected in a matter of just a few days following an appeal by Matthew Leslie of Cayman Islands Brewery. Stacks of goods were left at the drop-off point by Saxon Insurance in Eastern Avenue and then packed into Kingbird warehouse.

02 Sep 2016 description

Research and 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 Wednesday, 17 August 2016, ten additional results have been received from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA); two of which returned positive,” Dr. Williams-Rodriguez said.

He explained a male and female patient, both residents of George Town, have no reported travel history to any of the countries where there is currently an outbreak of the Zika virus.

19 Aug 2016 description

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.

16 Aug 2016 description

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.

10 Aug 2016 description

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.

10 Aug 2016 description

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.

10 May 2016 description

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.

09 Sep 2015 description

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.”

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 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.

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.