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Record attendance expected at National healthcare conference

The sign-up sheets suggest record attendance at this year’s Oct. 20-22 healthcare conference, featuring 10 speakers from North America and the Caribbean and exploring the medical challenges confronting individuals as they age. This is the seventh consecutive year the Ministry of Health has staged the conference.

A guide to Cayman’s public enemy No. 1: mosquitoes

The disease, disruption and dismay they cause, however, is world-class, beyond all proportion to their size. This is what you need to know about the seven genuses of mosquito that call the Cayman Islands home.

US gives green light to GM mosquito tests in Florida

As Oxitec and the Mosquito Research and Control Unit ramp up releases of genetically modified mosquitoes in West Bay, regulators in the U.S. gave the company the green light to test the GM mosquitoes on an island in the Florida Keys.

EDITORIAL – Keeping Cayman free of threatening ‘Zika mosquitoes’

Given the choice between the risks associated with “natural” Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (which carry nasty viruses like Zika, chikungunya, dengue and yellow fever) and the potential risks of “genetically modified” Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (which are engineered to reduce the wild population) – we find ourselves more and more inclined to give the GM mosquitoes a chance.
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Judge: GM mosquito project can proceed

The release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in West Bay can proceed, after a Grand Court judge on Tuesday refused an application for another stay of the project.

Third Zika case in Cayman confirmed

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

GM mosquito release delayed

The planned release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in West Bay, scheduled to begin in mid-June, has been put off until this month because of delays in securing a permit, according to the Mosquito Research and Control Unit and Oxitec representatives.

Zika suspected in three Cayman residents, one visitor

The Public Health Department is awaiting test results for three Cayman residents and one visitor after they presented symptoms consistent with the Zika virus.

West Bay MLAs call for GM mosquito release delay

West Bay opposition MLAs are calling for the suspension of plans to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in their district.

Scientists move to quell GM mosquito concerns

Cayman’s Mosquito Research and Control Unit and U.K. biotech company Oxitec tackled questions Tuesday night from West Bay residents concerned about the planned release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in their neighborhood.

Meeting on GM Mosquito release

The Mosquito Research and Control Unit and biotechnology company Oxitec are inviting the public to attend a meeting Tuesday night to discuss the planned release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in West Bay.

Genetically engineered mosquitoes to be released in Grand Cayman

Genetically engineered mosquitoes will be released across Grand Cayman in the coming year, starting in West Bay, in an effort to control the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes responsible for spreading Zika, dengue and other viruses.

Public health officials monitor for yellow fever

Cayman’s Public Health Department is advising people traveling to countries were yellow fever is endemic to take precautions and get vaccinated.

Imported case of dengue reported in Cayman

The Cayman Islands Public Health Department has reported a single imported case of dengue fever.

Mosquito Research and Control Unit readies Zika fight

Cayman’s Mosquito Research and Control Unit is gearing up to fight the Aedes aegypti mosquito, responsible for carrying the Zika virus that has recently been called a global public health emergency by the World Health Organization.

EDITORIAL – Going viral: The war against the mosquito

The mosquito is the deadliest animal in the world. So says Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who adds, “When it comes to killing humans, no other animal even comes close.”

Cayman prepares for Zika

As the World Health Organization prepares for an emergency meeting Monday on the mosquito-borne Zika virus, Cayman’s public health officials say they are prepared to deal with the potential for Zika reaching the islands.

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