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Dr. Jim McNelly Announced as New Director of MRCU

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.

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Premier Tours DEH Offices

Premier checks out the lab equipment.

Premier Alden McLaughlin visited the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) last Tuesday, 21st April 2015.

Mr McLaughlin, who is Minister of Home Affairs, Health and Culture, toured the administrative offices, and labs as well as the George Town Landfill compound. At both sites, he met staff and learned about day-to-day work within each section.

During the tour, DEH officials briefed the Premier on topics such as food testing and garbage disposal, as well as the operations of the new fleet of trucks that now serves residential and commercial areas.

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Companies to Bid on Used Tyres

The Government of the Cayman Islands, through the Department of Environmental Health (DEH), is inviting bids from qualified Tenderers for the prompt processing (on-site or off-site at an approved local site/facility) and removal of all the “Used Tyres” accumulated at the Grand Cayman landfill. Government may consider paying a nominal fee for removal.

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Health Day Highlights Food Safety

Every year, the World Health Organisation selects a priority area of global public health concern as the theme for World Health Day, which falls on 7th April, the birthday of the Organization. The theme for World Health Day 2015 is Food Safety, a theme of high relevance to all people as well as government, the private sector, and intergovernmental agencies.

World Health Day 2015 is an opportunity to alert the public to the importance of food safety, and the part each person can play in ensuring that the food we eat is safe.

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Easter Garbage Collection Dates

The public is being advised that there will be no scheduled garbage collections and that all landfills will be closed to the public on Good Friday, which will be observed on 3 April, states Department of Environmental Health (DEH) officials. Residents should make provisions to manage their waste until collected.

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Safety Tips for Camping

Residents set to enjoy traditional camping excursions over Easter should plan ahead of time to keep themselves and their environment safe and healthy.
The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) issues the following reminders:

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Recall on Frontier Products

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is advising the public that an alert has been issued by the US Food and Drug Administration concerning the recall of products containing organic garlic powder sold by Frontier Co-Op, USA because the products have the potential to be contaminated with the Salmonella bacterium. The company has stopped all distribution of these products and has issued a voluntary recall of its products.

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Premier Makes Second Tour Stop

Premier Alden McLaughlin is continuing the process of getting to know the various departments and agencies under his leadership.

On 3rd March 2015, Mr McLaughlin, who is Minister of Home Affairs, Health and Culture, toured the Mosquito Research & Control Unit (MRCU), including the new MRCU Airport Hangar, to learn about day-to-day mosquito control operations.

The Premier commended the staff for their recent success helping to control the spread of chikungunya, a viral disease that is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.

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Waste Pyramid Essay & Poster Contest Opens

Students throughout the Cayman Islands are invited to enter the Waste Pyramid Essay & Poster Competition being held by the Department of Environmental Health (DEH). The competition is aimed at students’ ages 6 to 16 years old and will run from 2nd March until the 31st of March.

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Fire at GT Landfilll Under Control

Fire officers and DEH staff keep fire under control.

The Ministry of Health confirms that a small “surface” fire at the George Town Landfill was brought under control within an hour of being reported yesterday afternoon, Sunday, 1 March, 2015.

The Cayman Islands Fire Service Department (CIFS) received a report of the fire at 12:48 p.m. CIFS were on the scene by 12:54 p.m. and immediately started to fight the fire. Department of Environmental Health (DEH) personnel were also at the site to provide necessary assistance. The fire was quickly brought under control.

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