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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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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

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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