The confirmed cases of dengue involve individuals who reside in the villages of Mangilao, Chalan Pago, Yigo, Dededo, Harmon, and Toto, the Department of Public Health and Social Services disclosed.
“Due to the time it takes from being bitten by an infected mosquito to exhibiting symptoms five to seven days later, these most recent positive cases likely represent infections that occurred before or soon after DPHSS detected the first case and mounted its response,” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Medical Epidemiologist Dr. Thane Hancock said in a release.
Jenna Blas, public information officer of Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, told Phill Leon Guerrero on NewsTalk K57 that dengue mitigation efforts should be conducted by all residents islandwide.
“Just because your village is not among the six villages, you should still be aware and take precautions,” she stressed.
Blas added that they are working in close coordination with mayors to identify the 200-meter radius areas where those treated for dengue reside in.
Blas also said that Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary School (OCPES) and Agueda Johnston Middle School (AIJMS) are closed today not because they are being re-sprayed with repellent but because health workers are engaged in mosquito collection which will be sent to laboratories for testing.
According to DPHSS, it is using a combination of methods to prevent and control mosquitoes that spread mosquito-borne viruses. Efforts are being taken to control mosquitoes based on an understanding of mosquito biology, mosquito life cycle, and the way mosquitoes spread viruses to develop plans for controlling mosquitoes. These efforts include the proper use of insecticides, tempered with the understanding that mosquitoes can develop resistance to the overuse of insecticides.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, integrated mosquito
management uses methods that, when followed correctly, are safe and have been scientifically proven to reduce mosquito populations.
While insecticide spraying is done initially, in accordance with the plan, it is only a temporary solution. Without removing breeding sites, mosquitoes can return. Insecticide spraying can also be ineffective if overused.
Earlier, it was announced that classes will be canceled at Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary
School, Agueda Johnston Middle School, and Harvest Christian Academy on Monday,
GDOE will be hosting an informational briefing for all interested parents and employees,
including interested parents and employees from Harvest Christian Academy, on Monday,
Sept. 23, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the GDOE Headquarters in Tiyan, Building B in the first floor
Additionally, DPHSS is disseminating informational letters to all Catholic schools, private
schools, charter schools, and DODEA schools with information for parents and staff regarding the dengue virus.
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.