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Zika slowing, but MRCU warns wet season is ideal for Zika vector

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Public health says the evidence suggests the island’s Zika outbreak is slowing, but it’s not time to take an eye off the ball.

At Tuesday’s town hall meeting in West Bay, Public Health officials described a marked decrease in the number of persons reporting Zika symptoms. At the outbreak’s peak in July and August, around 20 new cases were placed under investigation in a typical week. Last week there were only two, and no new cases were confirmed. That leaves the number of cases at 29.

MRCU Director Dr. Bill Petrie told Cayman 27 that’s good news, but warned the wet season is far from over.

“October is historically the wettest month in Cayman, in some years it’s actually been November,” explained Dr. Petrie. “So what that means for us, aside from all the nuisance mosquitos, it’s still the correct conditions for breeding for the aedis aegypti, the mosquito that carries the Zika.”

The MRCU said it too has seen a decrease in the amount of pregnant women calling to have their homes and workplaces treated against the aedis aegypti from ten to 15 requests per day to just two or three per week.

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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

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