One new case of chikungunya

Health officials have confirmed one more imported case of chikungunya in the Cayman Islands.

This brings the total number of people in Cayman who have contracted the virus to five, with one case being contracted locally.

In the latest confirmed case, the patient had recently been in the Dominican Republic, according to a statement released by the Public Health Department on Tuesday.

There are also three new suspected cases of the mosquito-borne virus.

Since the debilitating virus was first reported in Cayman on June 25, there have been 10 suspected cases and five confirmed cases.

The three new suspected cases include one person from West Bay, one from George Town, and from Cayman Brac.

Health officials said blood samples were taken from the patients and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency’s lab for testing on July 28.

Of the five confirmed cases, four have reported a travel history to countries having an outbreak, two to the Dominican Republic and two to Guyana. One had no travel history, indicating that the virus was contracted locally.

To date, cases of chikungunya have been confirmed in 36 countries/territories in the Caribbean region. The total number of confirmed or probable cases is 5,824.

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.

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