From close of business Friday through Saturday morning, the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) said it tested and confirmed six additional cases of dengue infection.
According to DPHSS, five of the six are locally acquired cases, meaning these individuals had no recent travel history. One of the six cases is suspected to be an imported case, meaning it probably was acquired through travel outside of Guam.
To date, DPHSS said there are now seven confirmed cases of locally acquired dengue infection and three confirmed cases of imported dengue infection.
DPHSS continued efforts through the weekend to investigate the newly confirmed cases and identify additional details to limit the spread of the virus.
In addition, DPHSS continues to implement mosquito surveillance to include the capture of adult mosquitoes in high-risk areas.
Support also continues from other GovGuam agencies, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Pacific Island Health Officers Association, and local health care providers.
Moreover, the DPHSS Epidemiology and Surveillance Teams are continuing to canvass homes and notify residents in the areas of concern to help clean any potential breeding sites.
Partner agencies from the Department of Public Works (DPW), the Mayors’ Council of Guam, Chamorro Land Trust Commission, Department of Agriculture, Guam Environmental Protection Agency, and the Guam Police Department continue to work together in areas of concern.
According to the Joint Information Center, insecticide application was conducted at consenting homes in Mangilao during the weekend and DPW is continuing to collect and transfer debris to Global Recycling, which remained open during the weekend to assist with this effort.
To eliminate mosquito breeding sites, DPW, working with the Dededo Mayor’s Office, removed 28 abandoned vehicles, 20 white goods appliances, and 554 tires from the high risk area identified in Dededo.
● Dengue fever is not spread directly from person-to-person, it is spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes.
● A person infected with the dengue virus usually will have fever for 2-7 days. During the time that a person has a fever they can infect mosquitoes with the dengue virus.
● During the time an infected person has a fever (febrile phase), they should remain indoors and avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
● During the time an infected person has a fever (febrile phase), they should not go to school or work.
● Once a person no longer has a fever, they are no longer infectious to mosquitoes.
Mosquito avoidance is still recommended for everyone in Guam, regardless.
See your healthcare provider if you experience any of the following symptoms of dengue fever: fever, aches and pains, rash, mild bleeding usually around the nose or gums.
Visit your nearest hospital emergency room if you experience any of the following symptoms of severe dengue fever: severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, significant bleeding, lethargy or restlessness.
Help stop the spread of dengue virus
Take precautions to prevent mosquito bites by applying insect repellent and wearing
light-colored long sleeved shirts and pants. The mosquito that carries the dengue virus favor smaller areas of water as found in artificial containers.
Eliminating these areas can help stop the spread of the dengue virus.
The community is reminded to only share official, verified information from the Joint
Information Center. For more information, visit https://ghs.guam.gov/, or contact the Joint Information Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (671) 478-0208/09/10. If there is an emergency, dial 911.