Possible rotavirus outbreak in Yap

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Guam – The Department of Public Health and Social Services is staying alert due to a possible outbreak of rotavirus disease in Yap.

According to a release, on July 6, the Yap Department of Health Services reported 141 cases of diarrhea. Out of 16 laboratory tests, 13 came up positive for rotavirus. Rotavirus is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Anyone can get the disease, however, it mostly affects infants and young children. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, watery diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Rotavirus spreads easily.

A person can get sick if they touch an object contaminated with rotavirus and put their hand in their mouth or consume contaminated food and drinks. DPHSS advises persons traveling to Yap to protect themselves by minimizing exposure to persons who have diarrhea-like illness or who are sick.

For more information, call DPHSS Immunization Program at 735-7143.