No new confirmed cases of chikungunya have been reported this week, but laboratory results show that there two cases of dengue fever were confirmed in the latest batch of samples.
This brings the total number of dengue cases in Cayman this year to three.
One of the confirmed cases occurred in September and two were in October, according to public health officials. Two had travel history to Honduras and one was acquired locally. One case was reported in George Town, one in West Bay, and one in Bodden Town.
The total number of confirmed chikungunya cases remains at 34, with 10 locally transmitted cases, as no results were received in the past week from the Caribbean Public Health Agency, according to the latest local update on the mosquito-borne viruses.
Dengue and chikungunya viruses are both spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.
Of the chikungunya cases that have been confirmed so far this year, 13 were in George Town, four in Cayman Brac, seven in West Bay, seven in Bodden Town, two in Little Cayman and on in North Side. Of the 24 cases that had travel history to countries experiencing outbreaks, two had been in the Dominican Republic, three in Guyana, 18 in Jamaica and one to St. Lucia.
“With positive chikungunya and dengue cases, it emphasizes the need for the public to protect themselves from mosquito bites and take measures against mosquito breeding,” said Medical Director of Health Dr. Kiran Kumar.
While no new chikungunya cases have been confirmed, during the week of Nov. 10-17, six suspected cases of chikungunya were reported, Dr. Kumar said. Of those, one had traveled to Jamaica, and five reported no travel history.
A total of 174 of suspected chikungunya cases have been investigated since the first local reports of the illness emerged in late June. Of those, test results of 34 came back positive, 88 were negative and three were inconclusive, according to health officials, who are still awaiting the results of 19 samples.