November 14, 2019

Cayman: Public Health Department and MRCU offer tips to help fight dengue

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Preventing dengue is as simple as preventing bites from the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The Public Health Department of the Cayman Islands and the Mosquito Research & Control Unit (MRCU) suggests the public continue to follow these tips to protect themselves from dengue: Get rid of standing water in containers around your residence Try to avoid […]

Cayman: New starters join the MRCU team

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         MRCU welcomed three Disease Protection Officers (DPO) to its team ·         Two recruits were hired following internal promotions ·         The third appointee is the MRCU’s first DPO permanently based on Little Cayman ·         Two veteran staffers promoted The Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) has recently welcomed three Disease Protection Officers (DPO) to its team. Two of the […]

Cayman Islands MRCU begins annual residential inspections for 2019

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GRAND CAYMAN, (GIS) –  Disease Prevention Officers (DPOs) from the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) recently began residential inspections as part of ongoing year-round efforts to combat the dangerousAedes aegypti mosquito. DPOs drive clearly marked MRCU trucks, wear MRCU clothing and have government identification. They inspect the grounds for containers, whether human made (buckets, tyres, cisterns) or […]

Cayman Islands: Joint Oxitec-MRCU 2018 Research Project concludes as planned

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GRAND CAYMAN (GIS) – The joint research collaboration between the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) and bio-technology company Oxitec came to an end on 23 January 2019. While field operations ceased on 21 December 2018, which was at the end of the high mosquito season, MRCU and Oxitec spent another month collating data based on […]

Update on Cayman Islands’ MRCU/Oxitec research collaboration

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GRAND CAYMAN (GIS) – Government and UK-based biotechnology company Oxitec are entering the next stage of a collaborative research project. Begun in May 2018, the initiative seeks to pilot and assess the role of Oxitec’s self-limiting, non-biting, maleAedes aegypti mosquitoes in the integrated programme that the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) uses to combat […]

Cayman Islands MRCU begins plans to eradicate mosquitoes

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GRAND CAYMAN (GIS) –The Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) has enlisted the help of a new group in its work to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito from Grand Cayman. Developed by MRCU, the advisory board includes eight representatives that will provide input on an eradication plan and its progress. Minister of Health Dwayne Seymour […]

Minister tours CNCF & MRCU

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Cayman Islands Minister Seymour Tours CNCF and MRCU • Minister for Health, Environment, Culture and Housing Dwayne Seymour got a close-up look at the Cayman National Cultural Foundation collection of works by local Visionary artist Miss Lassie during a recent tour. • Later the same day the Minister visited the Mosquito Research and Control unit […]

Cayman Islands Government and Oxitec agree to new contract

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A new contract between the Cayman Islands Government and biotechnology company, Oxitec, focuses on evaluation of integrated mosquito management techniques to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Traditional ground control work, including spraying, begins immediately in three areas of West Bay. The release of Oxitec’s male mosquitoes, identified by Oxitec as Friendly™ Mosquitoes, will start in […]

Cayman Islands MRCU responds to GeneWatch FOI release

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Following recent reports by some local media [including iNews Cayman] questioning the success of the recent public health programme that deployed genetically modified, non-biting mosquitoes to combat Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) would like to clarify a number of points: On 29 June 2017 the minutes of the West Bay […]

Dr. Jim McNelly announced as new director of Cayman Islands MRCU

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The Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) has announced that Dr. James “Jim” McNelly has been appointed as its new director. Dr. McNelly will join MRCU next week from the Mosquito Control Division of Volusia County in Florida, where he has been director for more than six years. Prior to that, Dr. McNelly was the […]