Three new suspected cases of chikungunya

Health officials are investigating three new suspected cases of chikungunya, but no new confirmed cases have been reported in the past six weeks.

Since the debilitating mosquito-borne virus was first reported in the Cayman Islands on June 25, blood tests have revealed that five people in the Cayman Islands have tested positive for chikungunya, including one case that was contracted locally.

The three new suspected cases were investigated during the week of Sept. 1 to Sept. 8, with blood samples being sent for testing at Caribbean Public Health Agency in Trinidad on Sept. 8, public health officials said in the latest update.

Of the two results received this week from CARPHA, all tested negative for chikungunya. A total of 31 cases have been investigated, out of which five have come back positive, 22 negative and one inconclusive.

According to health officials, to date, 9,640 cases of chikungunya have been reported in the Caribbean, along with 644,986 suspected cases.