DPHSS confirms latest case of dengue was locally acquired

DPHSS said its Epidemiology and Surveillance Team is still investigating whether the confirmed case is locally acquired or imported.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) has reported that the latest confirmed case of dengue was locally acquired.

This now brings the total number of confirmed locally acquired dengue cases to 13 and seven imported cases.

According to DPHSS, the new locally acquired case demonstrates how important it is for the Guam community to maintain efforts to reduce mosquitoes and avoid mosquito bites.

DPHSS says it continues to receive reports of suspect cases as a result of the department’s increased community outreach and timely reporting by Guam healthcare providers.

Residents are reminded to do their part in minimizing the spread of dengue virus. While pesticide spraying is done initially in areas identified as high-risk, DPHSS stresses this is only a temporary solution and without removing breeding sites, mosquitoes can return.

Pesticide spraying can also be ineffective if overused. Residents are urged to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites by applying EPA-Registered insect repellent and wearing light-colored long-sleeved shirts and pants.