Guam monitoring dengue outbreak in the Philippines

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito ingesting a blood meal.

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.

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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.