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Blood bank uncovers Bodden Town’s first confirmed Zika case

Public Health is reporting Bodden Town’s first lab-confirmed case of Zika, but overall, the virus appears to be on the decline.

At Tuesday’s town hall meeting in Bodden town, Dr. Samuel Williams, acting Medical Officer of Health, said fewer patients are presenting symptoms. Since September 26th, 23 new samples have been sent to CARPHA in Trinidad, but only a handful of new cases have been confirmed. The latest was discovered through testing at the blood bank.

“This patient came to donate blood, the blood was collected, the patient was asymptomatic at the time, but the test was positive for Zika, however when the patient was contacted he had started to develop symptoms suggestive of the Zika virus, of course the blood was discarded,” said Dr. Williams.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases of Zika to 29, broken down into two categories: 19 locally transmitted cases, and ten imported cases.

18 of the lab confirmed cases are located in George Town, and one is from Bodden Town.

There are also 21 clinically suspected cases.

15 pregnant women have been investigated, two returning positive results, and twelve are still awaiting test results.

Public Health officials told Cayman 27 they are monitoring these pregnancies closely, and so far, they’ve not detected any abnormalities.

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Joe Avary

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Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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