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Councillor and Chief Officer at PAHO Health Meeting

Councillor Roy McTaggart and Director of PAHO Carissa Etienne.

Councillor for Health Roy McTaggart and Ministry of Health Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn recently attended a meeting of health representatives from Caribbean British Overseas Territories.
The meeting was organised by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and held at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. on 28 and 29 July. In addition to representatives from each of the six territories, representatives from Public Health England were also in attendance.

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Fourth case of Zika confirmed

Public Health officials have confirmed a fourth case of imported Zika virus contracted by a returning Cayman Islands resident.

Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez said the female patient travelled from 4 to 8 July to a country where there is an outbreak of Zika. She reported onset of symptoms beginning 14 July when she visited the Health Services Authority on 16 July.

Dr. Williams-Rodriguez added that there is no evidence of local transmission of Zika in the Cayman Islands to date.

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GM Mosquito Release Commences in Grand Cayman

L-r: Giselle Johnson and Heidi Groves take pots of genetically modified mosquitoes from the cooler to release into the wild.

The Cayman Islands Government has strengthened its efforts to protect residents and visitors from Zika, dengue and chikungunya with the launch of additional mosquito controls today (28 July 2016).

The public health programme was delayed by two weeks due to legal action by an objector to the initiative. However, a court ruled earlier this week that there were no grounds for the action and lifted the temporary “stay”, a legal proceeding to delay the release, which was imposed on 13 July 2016.

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Third Zika virus case confirmed

The Public Health Department is providing details on the third confirmed imported case of the Zika virus in the Cayman Islands, which was announced on Thursday, 14 July 2016.

The patient, a female resident, travelled June 11 to 19 to a country where there is an outbreak of Zika virus. She reported onset of symptoms beginning on 21 June when she visited the Health Services Authority on 26 June.

Since January of this year, 71 cases have been investigated for Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue. There is still no evidence of local transmission of Zika in the Cayman Islands.

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Update on Residential Garbage Collection Services

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) wishes to inform the public that the residential garbage collection service on Grand Cayman is once per week. In an effort to minimise waste, divert the waste stream from the landfill, and reduce littering, the DEH is encouraging all residents to recycle items (such as tin cans, aluminium, glass bottles, batteries, and #1 & #2 plastics) and deposit those items at one of the recycling depots at the local supermarkets.

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Vaccinations Required for Olympics

The Public Health Department reminds residents travelling to the 2016 Olympic Games to get vaccinated, especially against measles and rubella, at least two weeks before departure.

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GM Mosquito Release Delayed

Mosquitoes being destroyed
Dr. Renaud Lacroix of Oxitec destroys a batch of mosquitoes by placing them in the freezer.

The launch of additional mosquito controls to protect Cayman Islands residents and visitors from Zika, dengue and chikungunya has been delayed by legal action from an objector to the project.

The controls, which involve a pioneering technique using genetically modified, non-biting sterile male mosquitoes, were due to begin in West Bay on Thursday, 14 July 2016.

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Jamaican Delegation at MRCU

Minister of Health and Chief Medical Officer learn about genetically modified mosquitoes.
L-r: Dr. Renaud Lacroix, Oxitec; Dr. Winston De La Haye, Jamaican Chief Medical Officer; Dr. Christopher Tufton, Jamaican Minister of Health; Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin; Dr. Bill Petrie, Director MRCU; Councillor Roy McTaggart.

A high-level delegation from Jamaica visited the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) this week to learn more about the facility’s methods to control mosquito-borne diseases.

Jamaican Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton and Jamaica’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye were among the party who met with MRCU Director, Dr Bill Petrie on Wednesday (13 July 2016).

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GM Mosquito Release Next Week

MRCU steps up fight against the Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya mosquito.

Additional control measures to combat Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which transmit Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever, are set to begin in West Bay next week.

Operational roll-out of a technique involving genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes will come a week after the first confirmed cases of Zika in the Cayman Islands.

The Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU), in collaboration with biotechnology company Oxitec, is releasing the mosquitoes as a preventative measure to control the mosquito responsible for the transmission of Zika and other viruses.

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First Zika Virus Cases Confirmed

As a regional outbreak persists, public health officials have confirmed the first two Cayman Islands cases of imported Zika virus contracted by returning residents.

Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez said the first patient is a female resident, who travelled from 15 to 22 June to a country where there is an outbreak of Zika. She reported onset of symptoms beginning on 25 June when she visited the Health Services Authority.

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