Public Health Warns Zika Could Reach Guam


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Guam – The Department of Public Health is warning residents that the Zika virus, which has been tied to birth defects in South America, has the potential to reach Guam.

The agency has sent out two press releases reminding residents to get rid of potential mosquito breeding sites like standing water and to protect themselves with clothing and mosquito repellant.

The Zika virus is primarily spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito.

Public Health is currently monitoring recent reported cases of the Zika virus in the Pacific islands of Tonga and American Samoa, as well as in South America.

The most common symptoms of Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. The illness usually lasts for about a week, according to the CDC and anyone who has not been infected with the disease and is living or traveling to an area where the Zika virus is found is at risk for infection.

If you have any questions or if you suspect any cases of the Zika virus, you can contact the Office of Epidemiology and Research at 735-7298.