Five new imported cases of chikungunya reported

Health officials advised Wednesday that the number of confirmed cases of chikungunya in Cayman has now risen to 25, but there have been no new local transmission.

According to the latest release from Cayman’s public health department, local transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne remain at four, with 21 contracted overseas.

Of the 18 test results sent to Caribbean Public Health Agency last week, five people, who reported a travel history to Jamaica, tested positive for the debilitating virus.

The onset of their symptoms took place between Sept. 25 and Oct. 3 and they are residents of George Town, Little Cayman and West Bay, public health officials said in a statement released on Wednesday.

Among the 25 confirmed cases, 15 had travel history to Jamaica, according to Chief Medical Officer of Health Kiran Kumar.

So far, imported cases include: two from the Dominican Republic, three from Guyana, 15 from Jamaica and one from St. Lucia, public health officials said.

Dr. Kumar said, “Mosquito Research Control Unit has done their part of it, you will see a lot of fogging going on, the last local transmission was around 15 days ago, and in that way I feel that we are able to contain it.”

According to the Caribbean Public Health Agency’s latest update, 59 cases of chikungunya have been confirmed in Jamaica and 325 suspected cases.

Twenty new potential chikungunya cases in Cayman were also placed under investigation during the week of Oct. 7 to 13.

Since June 25, when the virus was first reported, health officials have investigated 96 cases of chikungunya in the Cayman Islands.

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