Cayman reports new case of locally transmitted Zika

One new case of locally transmitted Zika was reported by public health officials on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed local cases to 19. A total of 10 cases of overseas transmission have been confirmed.

Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez, Cayman’s leading public health official with the Health Services Authority, said Cayman has had an additional 230 suspected cases of Zika that were not confirmed by laboratory tests.

Two of the local Zika cases have been pregnant women.

Zika causes mild or no symptoms in most cases. The 20 percent of people with Zika who do show symptoms may experience a rash, low-grade fever and muscle pain. The main concern is for pregnant women. Zika is known to cause severe birth defects in babies born to infected women.

The Public Health Department has been hosting town hall meetings across Grand Cayman to answer residents’ questions in each of the island’s districts.

The next meeting will be at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School Hall, West Bay, on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The department has additional meetings planned for the North Side Civic Centre on Nov. 1, and at the East End Civic Centre on Nov. 8. All meetings will be from 5:30-7 p.m.

For the most up-to-date information on the Zika virus in the Cayman Islands, see the Compass’s Zika page.