Dengue village presentations start tonight

GDOE held an informational briefing on dengue to inform residents about the latest mitigation efforts. The dengue village presentations start tonight at Liguan Elementary School in Dededo.

As part of an aggressive outreach commitment, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) continues to provide the Department of Public Health and Social Services with technical assistance on epidemiological surveillance, monitoring, and risk communications.

Part of the effort includes dengue presentations to the community, which start tonight. All are invited to attend the following informational briefs on dengue, to learn more about the virus, efforts you can take to protect you and your family, and ongoing response efforts:

● Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 6 p.m. – Liguan Elementary School in Dededo
● Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 6 p.m. – B.P. Carbullido Elementary School in Barrigada
● Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6 p.m. – Merizo Elementary School

According to the Joint Information Center (JIC), it is aware of unverified social media posts and WhatsApp messages relating to additional unconfirmed cases of the dengue virus. The community is reminded to only share official, verified information from the JIC to help stop the spread of misinformation.

The public is also encouraged to attend any of the briefings above to learn more about the dengue virus.

Earlier, dengue presentations were already conducted for the stakeholders of the Guam Department of Education and the Guam Visitors Bureau.

GDOE’s informational meeting held at Harvest Christian Academy was so productive that GDOE is planning to hold three more in the northern and the southern parts of the island.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said people wanted more face to face meetings with dengue experts and people who have more information on mitigation efforts.

Fernandez said most of the people also wanted to find out the “science” of dengue and information on how to prevent it.

The GVB informational briefing, on the other hand, focused on the message that “Guam remains safe as a destination and more than ready to receive visitors.”

GVB is also working closely with the GovGuam dengue team to ensure that information is not misinterpreted or even twisted to become inaccurate.