Cayman records 20th local Zika case

Public health officials say they have confirmed 20 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus, the mosquito-borne illness that can cause severe birth defects when pregnant women contract the disease.

Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez, Cayman’s leading public health official, said in a press release, “We engaged with the community to ensure that all the relevant information was available to anyone interested in knowing more about the Zika virus and its risks, especially pregnant ladies.”

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Public health officials and staff from the Mosquito Research and Control Unit just finished a series of public meetings in each of Cayman’s districts to update people on the Zika virus and what government is doing to control the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes responsible for spreading the virus.

Aedes aegypti are found around homes and gardens, breeding in old tires, dog bowl, clogged gutters, and anything else that can collect rainwater. The invasive mosquitoes feed during the day and are most active just before sunset.

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

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