The Public Health Department said its ready to take on the zika virus if and when it hits Cayman.
The Pan American Health Organisation has expressed confidence in both the public health system and Mosquito Research and Control Unit for their efforts to combat the aedis aegypti mosquito.
That species of mosquito can transmit Dengue fever, Chikungunya, and the Zika virus.
“We have things under control here,” said Dr. Samuel Williams, acting Medical Officer of Health. “All the measures that need to be put in place to prevent an outbreak of the Zika in case the disease are in place. We’ve been in constant contact with the director of the Mosquito Research and Control Unit and the Ministry of Health and we are prepared.”
The Zika virus originated in Africa, but in 2014 it appeared in Chile and has since spread to Central America.
Early this year, Puerto Rico reported the Caribbean’s first case of the disease.