Cayman Islands on Dengue alert – CDC Puerto Rico testing blood samples
Posted Jan 28 2010 12:00am
The Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) and the Department of Environmental Health of the Cayman Islands have expressed concern that the Dengue cycle for 2010 may have already begun. Three persons were hospitalized in Cayman in the second week of January (exact dates were not given) “suffering from acute viral infections,” admitted Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kiran Kumar. Dr. Kumar revealed Wednesday, January 27 that the patients’ blood samples were forwarded to CAREC (Caribbean Epidemiology Centre) in Trinidad for confirmation.
The initial results suggested that the patients had in fact contracted Dengue Fever. But CAREC felt that a second round of testing was in order, which is why another set of blood samples was made available to them.
However, up to early February, the results of those blood tests were not forthcoming from CAREC because thettt staff at there decided to send the fresh samples to the CDC (Centres for Disease Control) branch in Puerto Rico instead, to take advantage of that lab’s advanced testing capabilities. (Source:Cayman Islands Government)
In the mean time, the three Suspected Cases were treated and discharged from hospital. They are no longer infectious for the disease anyway since the Dengue virus stays in the blood of an infected person for one week after the high fever, which typically accompanies the onset of the illness.
The MRCU and the DEH – who by the way are already on the case – and other allied agencies met Wednesday, January 27, to review Cayman’s preventative mechanisms for dealing with Dengue.