No new confirmed dengue cases; 2 schools reopen today

Agueda Johnston Middle School (file photo)

The Joint Information Center reported that there are no new dengue cases as of today Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) also announced that Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary School (OCPES) and Agueda Johnston Middle School (AIJMS) are resuming classes today.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services conducted the gathering of mosquito traps for the two GDOE schools to test for the presence of the dengue virus.

Jesse Gogue, mayor of Ordot-Chalan Pago, told Phill Leon Guerrero on NewsTalk K57 that he and his staff have been visiting the two schools and there are not as many mosquitos as a week and a half ago.

“We’ve cleared a lot of vegetation from the schools,” the mayor said.

The Department of Public Works completed cleanup at AIJMS, and minor debris cleanup at OCPES is expected to be completed by today.

To date, there remain seven confirmed locally acquired cases of the dengue virus.

Reduce the number of new mosquitoes that carry dengue by eliminating the places they lay eggs.

DPHSS mosquito surveillance suggests that Aedes albopictus is the mosquito spreading dengue on Guam. Aedes albopictus lays its eggs in natural and artificial water-holding containers, such as tree holes, coconuts, bromeliads, water barrels, trash, closed gutters, tarps, and tires.

Generally, A. albopictus does not reproduce in large bodies of water, such as ponding basins and reservoirs.