Five new suspected dengue cases

Health officials in their weekly update on dengue fever have confirmed that five new cases are under investigation.

As of 22 December, there have been 91 suspected cases of dengue fever reported this year in the Cayman Islands.

Since the last update on 16 December, there have been five new suspected cases, and of those five, four are believed to have been contracted locally.

Two of those are residents of George Town, and one each resides in West Bay, Bodden Town and East End.

No results were received from the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre, or CAREC, lab in Trinidad and Tobago this week.

The laboratory tests all suspected cases of dengue fever.

Cayman Islands Hospital continues to treat patients’ symptoms as they present, as confirmations from CAREC are used for surveillance data purposes only, and the delay in receiving them has no implications for a patient’s care, according to the Cayman Islands Public Health Department.

So far, 31 cases have been confirmed to be dengue fever, 36 were negative and the results of the remaining 24 are still pending.

Of the 31 confirmed cases, 11 have reported a travel history to endemic countries and 20 had no travel history, suggesting they acquired dengue locally.

The confirmed cases include 21 from West Bay, five in George Town and five in Bodden Town.

Twelve of the confirmed cases were hospitalised.

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