Dengue cases may rise

The number of confirmed dengue fever cases in Cayman remains steady at six, but Public Health Department officials are monitoring a further four ‘presumed cases’, Government Information Services has reported.

The six confirmed and four presumed cases were all tested for the disease after returning from territories with dengue fever outbreaks, leaving the department confident there has been no local transmission of the disease in Cayman.

The four patients with presumed cases will have to wait for a second round of testing to confirm the initial results.

Dr. Kiran Kumar, director of Public Health, says patients with confirmed and presumed cases are no longer infectious because the virus only stays in a patient’s blood system for a week after symptoms develop.

GIS say 50 people are now at various stages of being tested for the disease, up three from last week’s figure of 47. Doctors involved do not suspect these three new patients have dengue fever, but have ordered tests out of an abundance of caution, said Mr. Kumar.

Four people have returned confirmed negative results to testing, while 36 appear unlikely to have had the disease but require a second round of testing to confirm this.

Mr. Kumar said some of the patients that have returned negative initial results are unwilling to have this second round of tests because they do not have any symptoms. He said the Public Health Department nevertheless continues to follow up contact with these individuals to check their health status.

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