Dengue fever update

The latest update from the Cayman Islands Public Health Department shows there has been one newly confirmed case of locally-contracted dengue fever between 12 and 19 January.

As of Saturday, 19 January, there were a total of 24 patients who were infected locally and 12 who had travelled to endemic countries where it is believed they contracted the virus.

Four new cases are under investigation, according to the Public Health Department. None of the new suspected cases had a travel history to an endemic area.

Throughout 2012, 94 cases were investigated for dengue and eight cases have been investigated so far this year.

Most of the confirmed cases have been found in West Bay, with a total of 27 patients. Five others are from George Town and four from Bodden Town.

Of the 102 cases that were sent to the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre laboratory in Trinidad and Tobago for testing, 36 have been positive, 50 negative and four inconclusive. The results of 12 results are pending.

A total of 25 people have been hospitalised with suspected dengue, but none between 1 and 19 January.

Throughout 2012, 94 cases were investigated for dengue and eight cases have been investigated so far this year.

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