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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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Suspected Zika Virus Cases Returned Negative

The test results of suspected Zika virus cases have come back negative from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), according to Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez.

The test results were also negative for dengue and chikungunya.

“While the results have yielded negative, with the regional outbreak in mind, we should not be complacent and medical personnel should remain on high alert to look for any imported cases,” said Dr. Williams-Rodriguez.

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Waste Management System One Step Closer

Government is a step closer to resolving the issue of solid waste management in the Cayman Islands with the completion of three reports which are now available to the public.

These are the finalised National Solid Waste Management Strategy for the Cayman Islands (NSWMS), the National Solid Waste Management Strategy Consultation Report (which summarises consultation activities carried out when the draft NSWMS was released last year), and the finalised Landfill Site Environmental Review Report.

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Public Health Advisory of Measles Outbreak

Following reports of confirmed cases of measles in the United States of America (U.S.A), the Public Health Department has issued an alert to travellers to and from this region.

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Four Suspected Cases of Zika under investigation

Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez, has notified the Ministry of Health that four (4) blood samples were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad to test for the Zika virus on Wednesday, 22 June.

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National Culture and Heritage Policy and Strategic Plan (2017-2027)

In late 2015 Cabinet tasked the Ministry of Health & Culture with developing a 10 year National Culture and Heritage Policy and Strategic Plan (2017-2027). A fifteen-member Culture and Heritage Steering Committee was convened, as were six focus groups, comprised of approximately 30 area-experts, to assist with the policy development.

There is now a comprehensive survey designed to garner the widest possible feedback from all individuals in the Cayman Islands, so that the public is given full access to contribute to this important policy.

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