Via Cayman Islands News Service: Chikungunya transmitted locally in BT. Excerpt:
Public health officials have confirmed that a patient from Bodden Town who has tested positive for the chikungunya virus has no travel history to countries reporting any outbreaks suggesting that the virus has arrived in the Cayman Islands.
Although some 29 countries and territories have reported cases of chikungunya in the Caribbean region Cayman has confirmed just four positive cases from the seven samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
The total number of confirmed cases around the region has now reached 5749 and since the last update on 14 July there has also been one new case and a blood sample has been sent for testing. The suspected blood sample was taken from a patient in a West Bay.
From results received by local health health officials so far, from the seven cases tested four have come back positive and three negative.
Of the four confirmed cases, three had a travel history to countries reporting an outbreak, while one had no travel history, suggesting chikungunya was acquired locally. One of the positive cases was in a George Town resident, two were in Cayman Brac and the first local transmission was in a patient from Savannah; all others were acquired overseas.
Local officials recently confirmed that should Cayman face its own outbreak, health officials are prepared and ready to treat patients. There is however, no real cure for the mosquito borne disease.