Public health has postponed two Zika town hall meetings scheduled for next week.
The meetings will resume starting Tuesday, 18 October at Bodden Town Civic Centre, Tuesday 25 October at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School Hall in West Bay, Tuesday 1 November at North Side Civic Centre, and Tuesday 8 November at East End Civic Centre. All meetings will be from 5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, Health Ministry Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn told Cayman 27 while the science is clear that the Zika virus can cause microcephaly, not all infected pregnant women will have affected pregnancies. She recommends all pregnant women who exhibit Zika symptoms – like fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis – to come in for testing.
“If you’re pregnant and you suspect that you might have Zika, please take advantage of having the testing to determine if you do or not, and just work with your obstetrician to monitor the situation and monitor the growth and development of your baby,” said Ms. Ahearn.
Public health advised pregnant women to reduce their risk of being infected by removing mosquito breeding areas around the home, keep mosquitos out of the house by screening open windows and doors, and wearing long-sleeved clothing and using mosquito repellents containing Deet.