Third Zika case in Cayman confirmed

A third case of imported Zika virus in the Cayman Islands has been confirmed by public health officials.

To date, there have been no confirmed cases of locally transmitted Zika in Cayman. Two other imported cases were confirmed earlier this month.

The patient in the newly confirmed case, a 30-year-old woman, traveled to a country in the region where Zika has been reported between June 11 and June 19, according to Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez.

The patient began experiencing symptoms on June 24 and went to the hospital on June 26, where samples were collected and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

Health officials received confirmation from CARPHA on Wednesday that the samples tested positive for Zika.

The Mosquito Research and Control Unit was informed of the suspected case on June 26 and control measures were taken, Dr. Williams-Rodriguez said.

He added the four more cases are currently being tested for Zika, dengue and chikungunya.

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