Published On: Wed, Feb 11th, 2015

Chikungunya on decline in region

Chikungunya virusGEORGETOWN - There has been an overall decrease in the number of chikungunya cases reported in the region. As of 2 February 2015, 21,724 confirmed/probable cases of chikungunya have been reported by all CARPHA member states and 11 other Caribbean countries/territories since the beginning of the outbreak in the region. The total number of suspected cases is 855,054.

There have been no newly confirmed local cases of chikungunya in the Cayman Islands reported by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) since the beginning of 2015.

Six results were received, but none tested positive. During this time officials also sent a further five samples for testing, where suspected cases had no travel history to countries experiencing outbreaks.

The total number of confirmed chikungunya cases in the Cayman Islands in 2014 was 44, with an additional 29 possible cases where individuals became symptomatic after travel to endemic areas.

“There have been only three suspected cases per week during the past three weeks. This has been the result of us being out of the rainy season and anti-mosquito measures by the public and Mosquito Research and Control Unit,” said the medical officer of health, Dr Kiran Kumar.

Let us keep it that way” he added.

There have been no confirmed cases of dengue in the Cayman Islands since November 2014. All suspected cases of chikungunya are tested for dengue also.

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