(CNS): Public Health confirmed a case of dengue fever in the Cayman Islands this week. This is his first in three years. Officials have not disclosed whether the individual suffering from the mosquito-borne viral disease had a history of travel to endemic areas, but they have confirmed no domestic transmission. increase. Dengue fever is not considered endemic to the Cayman Islands, but historically there have been no persistent infections. Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes bite infected travelers.
Although the country records an average of 1-4 imported cases per year, the last reported dengue case was in 2019 due to border closures in 2020 and 2021. Practice measures to avoid being bitten.
“Public Health is working very closely with the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) to take vector control measures whenever a suspected case is reported,” said Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez, Physician for Health. says.
MRCU Director Dr Alan Wheeler added that his department has already initiated preventive control measures across the Cayman Islands and will continue to monitor and coordinate its activities based on monitoring results and guidance from the PHD. I got
This guidance is heavily influenced by the ability of the Health Services Authority (HSA) to locally test for vector-borne diseases such as dengue fever. There is a year-round surveillance system, including weekly surveillance for potential mosquito-borne illnesses reported by public and private physicians who have proven to be very sensitive in detecting dengue cases.
public health, to the public, symptoms“The frequency of travel between the Cayman Islands and other regional destinations could likely lead to an increase in imported cases,” officials warned.
Recommended preventive measures include wearing long sleeves and long pants and using a mosquito repellent that contains at least 50% DEET.People also need to eliminate potential Aedes aegypti Breeding grounds by overturning water sources located around their homes and other buildings.