Some were locally transmitted
Of the seven cases, three have reported a travel history to countries with existing cases of the disease and four have no travel history, suggesting the dengue was transmitted locally.
“While there are only a few confirmed cases, there is a possibility that there are some persons with mild dengue symptoms who have not sought medical attention,” Mr. Kumar said. “I am therefore requesting that our residents be alert, take preventative measures, and do not panic. The Mosquito, Research and Control Unit (MRCU) has been informed of all cases under investigation in order that adequate mosquito control measures can be taken.
“For the Aedes aegypti mosquito to transmit dengue, it must bite an infected person and then bite others. Hence, it is essential for everyone to avoid mosquito bites by covering up during the late afternoon when the dengue carrier, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is at its peak.”
“I want to assure the public that the Mosquito Research & Control Unit has already intensified its efforts in the areas where most of the cases were confirmed, and since Monday included aerial operations, ground spraying, thermal fogging and larviciding, in their operations,” said Dr. William Petrie, Director.
In 2010, there were 61 dengue investigations in Cayman, resulting in seven confirmed dengue cases, four of whom had no travel history.
In 2011, there were 21 investigations, two were confirmed positive, one of whom had no travel history.
As of 12 October, 2012, 26 cases have been investigated, seven are confirmed positive, eight tested negative, and results are pending for the remaining eleven.
So far this year, 17 of 23 Caribbean countries have reported over 1,500 confirmed dengue fever cases. According to the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre Surveillance Report, as of August 2012, Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica and Curacao account for approximately 87% of the cases reported in the region.
Recently, Jamaica reported 1215 suspected dengue cases and five suspected deaths. About half of the suspected dengue cases have occurred in the areas of Kingston and St. Andrew.