Schools fumigated; inter-agency meeting convened as war against dengue continues

Schools and homes have been fumigated to control possible dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

Following the identification of the first locally acquired case of dengue fever on Guam, community outreach efforts have finally started in Mangilao — where the infected individual resides. Contractors also completed the fumigation process at two Ordot-Chalan Pago schools Monday afternoon.

Over the weekend, Public Health identified 82 homes within the 200-meter radius of the residence of the individual infected with dengue.

The residents, according to Public Health, will be asked to have their homes sprayed with insecticide to control adult and larval mosquitoes.

Outreach efforts for the participation of the residents started today at the village of Mangilao and will continue throughout the week.

According to the Mayor’s Office, a team was dispatched this afternoon to reach out to the more than 80 households within the target area.

Meanwhile, the Guam Department of Education also canceled classes at Agueda I. Johnston Middle School and Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary School today in order to continue spraying insecticide at the two schools.

DPHSS, GEPA, and a contracted vendor conducted insecticide application at the two schools. The spraying of these campuses started on Sunday and was completed Monday.

After completing the fumigation process at the two schools, Joint Information Center announced AIJMS and OCPES students would be returning to class on Tuesday.

Public Health Director Linda DeNorcey also told PNC that an interagency meeting was convened Monday afternoon to tighten efforts in controlling the spread of the virus.

In an earlier interview, DeNorcey said the department immediately activated its Arboviral Disease Response Plan following the identification of the infected individual.

The plan includes establishing a command post, enhancing surveillance for dengue fever, and vector control by fumigating areas that have a risk for mosquito transmission.

DeNorcey also warned the community to be aware of several unverified social media posts and messages identifying Ordot Chalan Pago as “ground zero.”

She reminded the community to avoid sharing these unofficial social media posts.