Health officials have reported the first case of chikungunya contracted locally, in the Savannah area of Bodden Town.
Also, a resident of West Bay is under investigation for the mosquito-borne virus, health officials said Tuesday.
Among the four confirmed cases, “three have reported a travel history to countries reporting an outbreak, while one had no travel history, suggesting chikungunya was acquired locally,” health officials said in a press release.
The resident with no travel history who contracted the virus from a local mosquito is from the Savannah area in Bodden Town, according to the officials.
Seven suspected cases of the virus have been reported since it was first imported by a George Town resident on June 25. The resident had returned from an island where the virus had been reported.
So far, four chikungunya cases have been reported: one each in George Town and Bodden Town and two in Cayman Brac.
To date, chikungunya cases have been confirmed in 29 countries in the region.
Symptoms of chikungunya include a sudden high fever, severe pain in the wrists, ankles or knuckles, muscle pain, headache, nausea and rash. Other symptoms are joint pain and stiffness.
Anyone experiencing these symptoms and who believes they may have been bitten by an infected mosquito is advised to contact the Public Health Department on 244-2621.