GEORGE TOWN: Public health officials in the Cayman Islands received two positive test results for chikungunya from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) this month.
One had travel history to Cuba and the other had no travel history, indicating local transmission. This brings the number of locally transmitted cases to 15.
Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kiran Kumar, said the number of suspected cases has been dropping for some time.
“In October suspected cases ranged from 20-25 per week, then fell to eight to 15 per week in November, and three to nine in December. There has also been a decrease in the number of cases reported in the region.
“Although suspected cases are on the decline and local transmission has not been aggressive, we should not be complacent. We should continue to protect ourselves from mosquito bites and to eliminate breeding sites around our properties,” he said.
The total number of suspected cases of chikungunya in the Cayman Islands reported since June 25, 2014 is 202. Fifty-six of these patients have reported travel history to countries experiencing outbreaks.
The total number of laboratory-confirmed chikungunya cases in the Cayman Islands to date is 43 with an additional possible 29 cases who had recently travelled to countries experiencing outbreaks. As per CARPHA guidelines, blood samples for suspected cases with travel history to endemic areas are no longer being sent for testing, but are considered possible cases.
As of press time, 19,837 confirmed/probable cases of chikungunya have been reported by all CARPHA member states, and 11 other Caribbean countries/territories. The total number of suspected cases is 827,404.