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Zika numbers slowing, but outbreak is not over yet

The country’s Zika outbreak appears to be losing momentum. Public health officials told Cayman 27 the latest results to come in confirmed just one new imported case over the last two weeks.

This brings the number of lab-confirmed cases to 27, with ten imported cases and 17 of local transmission. One pregnant woman tested positive for the virus in September.

Health Councillor Roy McTaggart called the decrease good news, but said the country is not out of the woods just yet.

“Probably 75-80% of the people who contract Zika virus never exhibit any symptoms, so it’s really difficult when your detection rates are probably that low, to draw any significant conclusions,” said Mr. McTaggart.

Public Health is resuming its series of  Zika town hall meetings:

18 October – Bodden Town Civic Centre – 5:30pm
25 October – John A Cumber Primary – 5:30pm
1 November – North Side Civic Centre – 5:30pm
8 November – East End Civic Centre – 5:30pm

 

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Joseph Avary

Joseph Avary

Joe Avary joined the Cayman 27 team in January 2014, bringing nearly two decades of experience in TV news to the islands. He spends his time away from the office scuba diving, practicing yoga, and trying to make his friends laugh at his comedic stylings. He proudly calls the district of West Bay home, and loves nothing more than relaxing visits to the Sister Islands.

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