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Public Health: Dengue 3 could affect region by 2018

Public health officials and the Mosquito Research and Control Unit told reporters dengue type 3 could make its way to our region by 2018.

Public health surveillance officer Timothy McLaughlin says out of four distinct types of dengue, Cayman has primarily dealt with dengue 1 and 2. However, he said public health has already detected one imported case of dengue three, last year. Mr. McLaughlin told Cayman 27 type 3 can lead to complications for those who have contracted types 1 and 2.
“Because the antibodies are so close, your body fights to create the antibodies for the first one, it cross reacts with the second one, which can give you what is called dengue shock syndrome, or dengue hemorrhagia,” said Mr. McLaughlin.

Public health told reporters another mosquito borne virus, called mayaro has surfaced recently in Haiti.

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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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