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Vaccinations move to Stage 2 this week

Vaccinations under stage two of government's national COVID-19 inoculation programme will begin Wednesday, the Public Health Department has announced.

Free flu shots available from next week

Starting Tuesday, 27 Oct., residents will be able to get free flu vaccines across all three islands.
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Lee: Masks offer false sense of security

Even though surgical face masks are being snapped up locally, Cayman’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee said they only offer limited protection against viruses.

Update: Mandatory quarantine implemented for coronavirus

Government has imposed mandatory quarantine and is working on travel restrictions for travellers and residents who have been to mainland China.

Border control gets health advice on coronavirus

Cayman’s Customs and Border Control officers will be assisted by a Public Health Department staffer to handle health screenings during busy periods at local ports of entry.

Coronavirus latest: People with travel to China being monitored

Health officials have said they are monitoring a “very small” number of people on island who have travelled from China.

WHO declares coronavirus a global emergency

In a travel advisory issued on Thursday morning, the Public Health Department announced that surveillance is being stepped up at Cayman's borders and visitors coming to the Caribbean from coronavirus-affected countries would undergo "entrance screening". 

Three new locally transmitted dengue cases recorded

Dengue cases increase by three.

Dengue cases grow by eight

Local dengue case increases to 23, according to the latest numbers from the Public Health Department.

Health checks mandatory for students

All students entering government or private schools in the Cayman Islands for the first time will be required to have health screenings before the start of school in September. This includes those entering reception programmes.

Public health officials raise measles awareness

Cayman’s Public Health Department issued an alert Friday about an outbreak of measles in Florida and other states in the US.
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Mandatory health screenings under way

All students entering school for the first time, either government or private, must have health screenings before the new school year begins in August, the Public Health Department advises.

Special immunization clinic for Vaccination Week

The Public Health Department is hosting a special immunization clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children who need vaccinations, including those with missed/outstanding doses.

Free screenings next week for World Health Day

The Cayman Islands Public Health Department will be offering free screenings for diabetes and hypertension to mark World Health Day.
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Grand Cayman schools hit by disease outbreak

An outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease that surfaced a few weeks ago is still affecting some schools on Grand Cayman.

No further ‘false-negative’ results in local HIV tests

The Cayman Island Health Services Authority reported last week that is has not found any more “false-negative” HIV tests since a trio were found from private healthcare facilities last March.

EDITORIAL – Flu season: Not too late to vaccinate

Cayman Islands officials say it is not too late to vaccinate against the flu this season. To encourage more people to do so, free vaccinations are being offered at the General Practice Clinic at the Cayman Islands Hospital and all district health centers from 2-4 p.m.

Health officials release flu statistics

The Public Health Department released updated statistics on Thursday about the number of influenza cases that have been reported recently, showing a marked increase in flu activity throughout Cayman.

Flu cases on the upswing in Cayman

With flu season in full swing, there has been a “marked increase” in the number of influenza cases in the Cayman Islands over the last several weeks, according to Public Health Department Acting Director Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez.
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Free HIV/AIDS testing offered

Six days of free HIV/AIDS testing and counseling begin Monday in honor of World AIDS Day. The free tests are being offered Nov. 27-Dec. 2

Free flu vaccine now available

This year’s flu vaccine has arrived and is now available free of charge to all residents in Cayman, the Public Health Department has advised. “We recommend that people get vaccinated as soon as possible and definitely before the peak of the flu season, which ranges between December and January."

Cayman has first confirmed case of Zika in a pregnant woman

Public health officials Tuesday evening announced the first confirmed case of Zika in a pregnant woman on island. Dr. Samuel Williams Rodriguez, Cayman’s acting medical officer of health, said his department has confirmed seven new cases of the virus.

Mosquito Unit works overtime in Zika fight

The staff at Cayman’s Mosquito Research and Control Unit has been putting in long days as they fight to stop Zika transmission in Grand Cayman.

Two more Zika cases confirmed in George Town

Two more people, both of George Town, have tested positive for the Zika virus, according to the Public Health Department. There are now five confirmed cases of Zika in the Cayman Islands, all of which have been in George Town.

Mosquito Unit works to protect pregnant women as Zika fears grow

Some pregnant women have left the Cayman Islands and others are putting off moves to Grand Cayman now that there are known local Zika transmissions. But leaving a job and traveling overseas is not an option for many women who are pregnant and couples trying to conceive.

Zika shows little impact on tourism

Zika-related travel warnings for tourists, like the one issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show little impact on tourism, based on available data for other Caribbean Islands.

Most support GM mosquito initiative, says survey

A new government survey found most people on Grand Cayman support the ongoing trial of genetically modified mosquitoes in West Bay.

Cautions for pregnant women as Zika found locally

The mosquito-borne Zika virus is perhaps best known and most feared for causing severe birth defects in babies whose mothers contract the disease while pregnant.

Two local Zika cases confirmed

Two people in George Town are Cayman’s first official cases of locally transmitted Zika, according to public health officials. The islands have had six cases of Zika imported by people visiting other countries, but these are the first reported incidents of the virus being acquired locally.
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Premier: Opposition to GM mosquito release political grandstanding

Premier Alden McLaughlin, in a press statement Tuesday, criticized opponents of the genetically modified mosquito program, as the Public Health Department confirmed Cayman’s first local cases of Zika.

Cayman reports first local Zika case

The Public Health Department late Monday confirmed the first locally transmitted case of Zika in the Cayman Islands. Previously, there had been seven documented cases that were contracted outside of Cayman, but public health officials confirmed that a man in George Town is the first person confirmed to became infected with Zika in the islands.

Travelers urged to get vaccinated for Rio Olympics

The Public Health Department is advising Cayman residents who plan to attend the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil to get vaccinated against measles and rubella.

Six suspected Zika cases await results

Public Health Department officials said Wednesday they are awaiting test results on six suspected cases of the Zika virus.

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.

Cayman ‘Zika free,’ health officials say

The recent case of Zika possibly linked to Cayman was not spread by local mosquitoes, but was sexually transmitted by a tourist’s partner from St. Maarten, the Cayman Islands Public Health Department said Wednesday.

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.

Vaccine week will include free immunization clinic

The Cayman Islands is joining other members of the Pan American Health Organization to mark the 14th anniversary of Vaccination Week in the Americas.

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.

Free health screenings for World Health Day

Members of the public can avail themselves of free health screenings this week as part of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority’s observation of World Health Day.

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