Dengue update as of February 15, 2019 

Date: 15 February 2019
Issued by: Public Health Department, Cayman Islands Government
Email: [email protected]

While a regional and international outbreak of dengue continues, the Public Health Department has committed to providing the Cayman Islands public with updates on the local situation.

 

  • Since the last advisory on dengue fever issued January 8, 2019, there have been 19 investigations.
  • A total of 13 results have been received.
  • Six results are pending
  • Of the total numbers of results received, none were positive for dengue.
  • The results also yielded negative for chikungunya and Zika respectively.

 

Officials will provide updates on a monthly basis until the outbreak is over, increasing the frequency as required by the situation.

More about Dengue Fever

Most people recover without any complications, using pain relievers and bed rest. Once a patient has developed a fever, the infectious period lasts for one week only.

 

Dengue symptoms include:

  • Severe frontal headache
  • Joint pain
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Muscle and or bone pain
  • A rash (sometimes) may be visible two to five days after the onset of fever
  • Nausea or vomiting (sometimes)

 

Signs of bleeding (such as: pinpoint red or purple spots on the skin, nosebleed,

bleeding gums, blood in urine or stool, or vaginal bleeding) are seen in a severe form of dengue fever, known as dengue haemorrhagic fever, severe dengue or dengue shock syndrome.