DPHSS concerned about Measles coming to Guam as Summer looms

Anette Aguon. Photo by PNC's Isaiah Aguon

With the recent confirmation of two cases of measles last week in Hawaii, an official from Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services says that with the island being a travel destination for many, she’s concerned.

Annette Aguon, the acting chief public health officer with DPHSS, told the Pacific News Center that “We are always concerned with the importation of any communicable disease.”

Measles symptoms typically include; high fever, cough, runny nose, red, watery eyes, and a rash three to five days after symptoms begin.

In response, she said that DPHSS has prepared a Physician’s Advisory and Measles Fact sheet for healthcare providers. This is in addition to last week’s child immunization outreach.

With us being a month away from summer and families are expected to travel across the globe, DPHSS reminds the community that before international travel, make sure you’re protected against measles.

DPHSS said that the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from measles is by getting vaccinated. You should plan to be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before you depart.

DPHSS urges protecting those who cannot protect themselves: Cover your cough and wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, avoid contact with any one who is sick or has a rash like illness; stay home from work, school or child care if sick.