Another case investigated recently for chikungunya has tested positive, according to the Public Health Department. In addition to a George Town resident having tested positive on June 30, a Cayman Brac resident has also tested positive. However, health officials say in all cases, the people have a travel history to “endemic areas with chikungunya.”
A third test for a George Town resident was negative, and a test on another Cayman Brac resident is pending, officials said.
The debilitating virus has spread rapidly through the Caribbean since the first regional case was reported in December 2013.
Both dengue and chikungunya are transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Symptoms of chikungunya include fever, joint pains, muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash, while dengue symptoms are fever, headache, muscle aches, joint pains, pain behind the eyes, and rash.
The Public Health Department urges people traveling to countries with dengue and chikungunya virus, persons should use insect repellent containing DEET, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning, or that have window and door screens.