Health officials say they expect to see a drop in the number of new cases of dengue fever as the rainy season draws to a close.
As of 30 November, 14 new suspected cases were under investigation since the last public update on the disease on 16 November, bringing to 73 the number of suspected cases seen this year.
Of those cases, 27 people were confirmed to have had dengue fever, which is spread by the Aegus aegypti female mosquito commonly found in and around people’s homes.
So far, the Cayman Islands Public Health Department has received results for 53 of those cases, which have shown that 27 people were positive and 26 negative. Twenty other cases are pending.
Of the 27 confirmed cases, 16 are believed to have acquired the dengue virus locally as they have no travel history.
Ten others are believed to have contracted the virus while travelling overseas to countries where dengue is endemic. The travel history of one other person is unknown as the Public Health Department has been unable to reach the patient.
Nineteen of the people who have been confirmed to have dengue fever live in West Bay, five in George Town and three in Bodden Town.
Eighteen people with suspected dengue fever have been hospitalised, including 10 who subsequently were confirmed to have dengue and two who were negative.
The results on the remaining six patients are pending.
As of 30 November, 14 new suspected cases were under investigation, bringing to 73 the number of suspected cases seen this year.