Local dengue transmission continues in West Bay

| 22/01/2013

(CNS): One more locally transmitted case of dengue fever has been confirmed in West Bay following the receipt by public health authorities of further results this week from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) previously known as the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC). With 2012 recording the highest number of dengue cases in Cayman for more than thirty years the disease now appears to be here to stay and the jurisdiction can no longer consider itself free of the disease which is endemic across many countries in the region. The total number of cases investigated for suspected dengue in 2012 was 94 and a further 8 cases have been reported so far this year.

There are currently twelve cases awaiting results while 36 cases proved positive since the start of 2012 50 supected cases have proved to be  negative and four  have been inconclusive.

Only twelve people who have contracted dengue did so overseas the remaining 24 patients are believed to have been infected here in the Cayman Islands and 20 of those in the district of West Bay. Two cases were  resident in Bodden Town and two lived in George Town. Last year 25 people were admitted and treated in hospital for the disease but so far there have been no new hospital admission in 2013. 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    We have asked our neighbours (& the Dof EH)  to get their dump of a yard tidied up.  Nothing, nada,  has been done from either party. It is abolsutely disgusting & let me tell you if it was me & my yard I'd be sent packing as I'm the expat & they are local.  Standing stagnent water everywhere over in the neighbours yard & there qon personal dump down the back.  Mind they do like to wash their cars & have them all nice & clean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like paradise, thanks Mrcu!


  3. Anonymous says:

    Aedes aegypti had been eradicated from the Cayman Islands from way back in the 1960's.  It is only recently, coinciding with new leadership at MRCU, that this vector species was reintroduced to Cayman.  Now we have dengue endemic to Cayman which was unheard of in the past.

  4. Anonymous says:

    According to the available literature, the aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits dengue lives around human habitation, breeding specifically in man-made receptacles such as buckets, empty drums, and the such.


    How come DEH has not lent their support to the MRCU by ensuring that peoples' yards are tidied up appropriately? One doesn't have to look far to see literally hundreds of ideal breeding spots for these mosquitoes in residential properties…

    • Sam Putt Putt says:

      Why doesn't everyone take some personal responsibility and tidy thier own yards?

    • Anonymous says:

      Especially the derelict cars! We have been trying to have a car removed which crashed next to our development for ages. It damaged some of our property and had not been transferred at Vehicle Licensing yet to the person who crashed it. The scrap metal guys say they can't collect it without permission. VL doesn't seem to be able to do anything about it either. I'm sure it is full of rainwater and is mosquito heaven.