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High tides leading to more mosquitoes

The Mosquito Research and Control Unit is warning the public to expect an increase in mosquito activity following recent high tides that caused flooding in the mangrove breeding areas of the black salt marsh mosquito.

MRCU drops aerial spraying for this weekend

The Mosquito Research and Control Unit defogging operations are expected to resume Friday evening in George Town and East End. However, aerial spraying will not be carried out over the weekend.

MRCU director: I will not resign

Mosquito Research and Control Unit director James McNelly said he has no intentions of resigning, this after an alleged letter of no confidence in his leadership was leaked.

Mosquito spraying under way

The Mosquito Research and Control Unit will be carrying out aerial and truck operations tonight (Monday, 3 Aug.).
Cayman’s current approach to combating mosquitoes consists of aerial spraying by the MRCU plane, above, fogging from trucks, and the release of genetically modified mosquitoes, among other measures.

Mosquito numbers rise with full moon

The Mosquito Research and Control unit has ramped up aerial spraying throughout parts of West Bay to tackle an increase of mosquito larvae numbers within the mangrove swamps.

Mosquito numbers expected to drop over Christmas

The Christmas season could bring with it fewer mosquitoes. Cayman’s rainy season, which coincides with the hurricane season, concludes at the end of November. Fewer showers coupled with cooler temperatures reduce mosquito breeding.

Efforts stay focussed on dengue control

The Mosquito Research and Control Unit continues to focus efforts on controlling the Aedes aegypti mosquito, even though no new confirmed cases of dengue have been reported in the past week.

MRCU fogs areas to combat dengue-carrying mosquitoes

The Mosquito Research and Control Unit is visiting local neighbourhoods to carry out fogging and spraying to combat dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

Public health meeting on dengue planned

A public health meeting on dengue fever has been planned for this Wednesday in East End.

Wet weather brings more mosquitoes

The Mosquito Research and Control Unit says it expects mosquito numbers to grow in the coming days.

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Today's editorial cartoon.

EDITORIAL – GM mosquito response (cont’d)

Ms. Barnard also emphasized her track record of honesty and commitment to transparency, providing several examples of such conduct in her career in government and the nonprofit sector.

Letter: MRCU responds to GeneWatch FOI release

New MRCU Director Jim McNelly Ph.D. says his team and Oxitec are in agreement on how, where and when to proceed with the evaluation. It will also be up to MRCU to evaluate what success will look like.

Florida Keys voters reject, and approve, GM mosquitoes

In dueling votes over a proposed trial of Oxitec’s genetically modified mosquitoes, voters across one Florida county supported releasing the insects, while voters in the town earmarked for the project rejected holding the trial there. Key Haven voted overwhelmingly Tuesday against the proposal, but voters in Monroe County supported holding the trial.

UPDATED: Zika town hall meeting slated for North Side Civic Centre

The East End town hall meetings about the Zika virus will be taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the East End Civic Centre. The meetings have been scheduled by the Public Health Department to inform residents about Zika and to address concerns, especially for pregnant women.

50 years ago: Scope of mosquito issues highlighted

In the Oct. 19, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included: “Dr. M.E.C. Giglioli has informed the Caymanian that the Mosquito Research and Control Unit has recently been granted 41,329 pounds from Colonial Development and Welfare funds to cover capital equipment costs during its first two years of operation ending in April 1968."

The frog

EDITORIAL – The mysterious threat of Zika

The Public Health Department’s upcoming series on the Zika virus may be just what the doctor ordered.

Judge rejects GM mosquito review

A Grand Court judge on Monday refused an application for a judicial review that could have stopped the planned release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in West Bay.

NEW: Judge denies request to halt GM mosquito release

A Grand Court judge Monday refused an application for a judicial review to stop the planned release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in West Bay.

House-to-house survey begins on mosquito plan

Biotechnology company Oxitec, in collaboration with the Mosquito Research and Control Unit, is conducting an island-wide survey on the level of awareness about mosquito-borne diseases, including Zika, chikungunya and dengue.

Mosquito release halted by legal challenge

The planned release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in West Bay, scheduled to begin Thursday morning, has been halted after a judge granted...
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UPDATE – Legal action pauses GM mosquito release

Opponents of the planned release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in West Bay are taking legal action in an effort to halt the operation, which is scheduled to begin Thursday.

Inside the mosquito ‘factory’

Ahead of the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in West Bay, scheduled to begin Thursday, the Mosquito Research and Control Unit and U.K. biotech firm Oxitec invited members of the media for an inside look of the new lab, where half a million male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are being bred.

Lunch time

Suspected Zika cases test negative

Test results for three out of four samples cases have come back negative from the Caribbean Public Health Agency, Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez said in a press release Friday.

Mosquito Unit ramps up as rainy season gets under way

With the start of the rainy season and the first possible case of Zika linked to Cayman, the Mosquito Research and Control Unit is ramping up its operations to combat nuisance and disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Jamaica equipped to test for Zika

Jamaica’s National Virology Laboratory can now test for the Zika virus, becoming the second country in the Caribbean equipped to do so, according to the Jamaica Information Service.

Zika virus spreading through region

While no cases of the Zika virus have been reported in the Cayman Islands, the virus continues to spread across the Caribbean and the world.

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