DPHSS reports another case of imported dengue on Guam

Dengue is spread by mosquitoes. (file photo)

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) is reporting one additional confirmed case of imported dengue fever on Guam, from an individual from Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia.

DPHSS stressed that dengue fever is not endemic on Guam and dengue virus transmission is not occurring on the island.

The agency assured that all dengue fever cases occurring on Guam (41 cases in the 31 years from 1988 to 2018) and the two confirmed cases to date in 2019, were contracted off-island.

However, DPHSS warned that Guam will likely continue to see additional suspected and confirmed dengue fever cases this year from immigrants, migrants and residents who travel back and forth, to and from the Philippines, or to and from island states in Micronesia.

DPHSS noted that there are currently several outbreaks of dengue fever in the Western Pacific region, including Palau with 486 cases from Dec. 1, 2018 through Aug. 11, 2019, Yap and the RMI.

The Philippines also declared a national dengue epidemic on Aug. 6, 2019, with more than 146,000 cases and 622 deaths in the first months of 2019.

DPHSS advises residents to stay safe when traveling to countries or islands where dengue fever is present. While there is no vaccine for dengue fever, DPHSS said people traveling to the Philippines or Palau should be vigilant about taking precautions and preventing mosquito bites.