Four new suspected dengue cases reported

Health officials revealed that four new suspected cases of dengue fever were reported last week, according to the latest statistics from the Public Health Department.

This brings to 86 the total number of cases investigated for dengue in the Cayman Islands since the beginning 
of 2012.

Since the last update from the Public Health Department on 8 December, four new cases are under investigation. Of those four, one person had travelled to an endemic area shortly before falling ill. Two of the new suspected cases are from West Bay, one from George Town and one from Bodden Town.

Cayman did not receive any results last week from the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre in Trinidad and Tobago, to which samples of all suspected dengue fever cases in the Cayman Islands 
are sent.

This means that the number of confirmed cases as of Monday, 17 December, remains the same as the last update – 31 confirmed cases and 36 negative, with results of 19 pending.

Of the 31 confirmed cases, 20 are believed to have been contracted locally, while the other 11 reported a travel history to endemic countries. So far, 22 of the confirmed cases have been from West Bay, five in George Town and four in Bodden Town.

A dozen of the people confirmed to have dengue fever have been hospitalised, while six who subsequently were confirmed not to have the illness and seven whose results are still pending were also admitted to hospital.

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