First ever dengue fever confirmed on Guam

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A female Aedes aegypti mosquito ingesting a blood meal.

The case was imported which means the disease was not contracted on Guam.

Guam – On Guam, mosquitos are a natural pest but never in Guam history has an illness been reported as a result of the pesky critter until now as the Department of Public Health and Social services announced the first confirmed report of dengue fever on Guam.

Public Health announced on Friday that they have confirmed a suspected case of imported dengue fever on Guam, which means the disease was not contracted on island.

Dengue fever is a disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito, primarily the yellow fever mosquito which is not found on Guam.

However, the Asian tiger mosquito, which can also carry the virus, does exist on Guam. As a result, Public health cautions the public to be vigilant in preventing the transmission of the disease and eliminating mosquito breeding sites.

The symptoms include high fever, severe headache, sever pain behind the eyes, joint, bone and muscle pain, rash and mild bleeding around nose and gums.

There is currently no vaccine for dengue fever prevention. Public Health says the best measure is for residents to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.

If you feel sick it is recommended that you contact your primary care doctor.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.