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Public Health: Cayman still Zika free after investigation

Public health said Cayman is still free of the Zika virus after investigating a possible case involving a recent visitor.

Officials said a woman from Amsterdam who was diagnosed with Zika after returning from more than a month in Cayman most likely contracted the virus sexually.

Her partner, a resident of St. Maarten, where a zika outbreak is occurring, visited her here in Cayman during her stay.

Officials have added safe sex to the list of zika precautions for travelers.

“We advise persons, especially males, to have protected sex if they are going to have sexual intercourse while they are away, and when they return to the island, to practice safe sex for a period of 24 days,” said acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams.

Dr. Williams also advises avoiding mosquito bites.

He said while it is expected that Zika will eventually reach our islands, he believes a widespread outbreak is unlikely due to the MRCU’s efforts against the aedis aegypti mosquito.

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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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