Three new chikungunya cases

The number of confirmed cases of chikungunya in Cayman rose to 29 this month, with one case acquired locally and two imported, health officials advised Wednesday.

Of the 29 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus, five cases were locally transmitted, and 24 were contracted overseas, public health officials said in their latest update. Fifteen blood samples from suspected cases were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency last week; of those, three people tested positive for chikungunya, one with no travel history.

The three patients who tested positive are residents of George Town, Cayman Brac and West Bay. The patient who contracted the virus locally is a resident of West Bay who began showing symptoms on Oct. 11. The other two patients had a recent travel history to Jamaica where the virus is rampant.

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