Guam – Approximately 36,000 cases of dengue have been reported in the Philippines from Jan. 1 to Feb. 2019.
While no cases have been reported on Guam, Department of Public Health Director Linda Denorcey said the department remains on alert as reports were also received in the FSM.
“We sent a couple of releases after the storm about the dengue,” Denorcy said. “Especially about what to do at the households area to make sure they are well kept. Right now we don’t have that issue at hand currently unless they bring it from off island.”
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. The disease is carried by the Aedes mosquito which are known transmitters of dengue fever, Zika and chikun-gunya virus. Denorcey says that while the three mosquito borne illnesses are not found on Guam, they can be imported and spread by Aedes. She added that because the Aedes mosquito breeds in standing water, residents are encouraged to eliminate breeding sites.
“We are just doing preventive measures and every week we get updated information regarding the national disease surveillance systems that’s through the United States,” Denorcey said. “We require reporting to be done and we will be on high alert if there is anything that is right around our facilities so what I can offer you is we have a mosquito lab and that is still in motion regarding all the mosquitos that we study and whatever we need to do to prevent the disease from spreading.”
Denorcey said that doctors as well as the airport have been notified to report any cases of dengue fever on Guam.