Seven new suspected cases under investigation
The Public Health Department has confirmed that one more person has contracted dengue fever after being bitten by a mosquito in the Cayman Islands.
Seven other suspected cases reported during the week of 10-16 February remain under investigation.
According to the latest update from the health department, issued Thursday, 21 February, a private physician informed officials that a patient reported the onset of the illness on 22 January. An overseas laboratory confirmed that the patient had contracted the virus.
So far this year, 40 cases have been investigated as possible dengue cases and 94 were investigated following last year’s first report of dengue in September. Of those, laboratory tests have confirmed that 41 had the virus, 65 were negative, four were inconclusive and the results of 24 cases are pending.
Of the seven new cases being investigated, one had a travel history to an endemic area. None of the seven have been admitted to the hospital. Five are residents of George Town, one is from West Bay and one is from Bodden Town.
Among the 41 confirmed cases, 29 are believed to have contracted the dengue virus, which is spread by mosquitos, in the Cayman Islands. Another 12 had travelled to other destinations where the virus is endemic.
Thirty-one of the confirmed dengue patients are from West Bay, six are from George Town and four from Bodden Town.
So far, 30 people with suspected dengue have been admitted and treated in the hospital since the outbreak started last September.