Public Health Department officials have confirmed three new locally transmitted cases of dengue.

These latest figures take Cayman’s overall number of the mosquito-borne disease to 26.

The total number of confirmed dengue results, since the first locally transmitted case was identified in October, has reached 17 locally transmitted and nine imported cases, according to a Public Health statement Friday night.

The confirmed cases, the statement said, have been distributed among East End, George Town, West Bay and Bodden Town.

In its dengue update, the department said since its last statement was issued 22 Nov. an additional 20 results had been received from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) confirming the three new cases of dengue.

These new cases had no travel history which, Public Health said, suggests that these people acquired dengue within the Cayman Islands.

A total of 150 samples, since the start of 2019, have been sent to CARPHA to be investigated for dengue.

Of that number, 34 people were admitted to the Cayman Islands Hospital and Health City Cayman Islands showing clinical symptoms that could potentially be dengue.

“The Public Health Department’s Surveillance Unit continues to deploy enhanced surveillance measures, working closely with government and private sector physicians to review reports of suspected dengue,” the statement added.

| For more information, contact the Public Health Department on 244‑2648. For advice on mosquito control, contact the Mosquito Research and Control Unit on 949‑2557 in Grand Cayman, or 948‑2223 on Cayman Brac; and the Department of Environmental Health on 949‑6696 in Grand Cayman, or 948‑2321 in Cayman Brac.

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