To mitigate the spread of dengue fever, the Department of Public Health and Social Services will be distributing thousands of mosquito repellent spray throughout the island.
Over the next two weeks, the Department of Public Health and Social Services, along with community organizations, will be giving five thousand bottles of insect repellent spray to residences most vulnerable to exposure to dengue fever.
The total number of dengue fever cases since 2019 stands at 22, with 8 imported cases and 14 local cases.
These five thousand bottles are a donation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention organized by Public Health and will be given to residents free of charge.
Linda DeNorcey, Public Health Director, said: “The coordination has been very massive, especially the mayors. We’ve involved practically the entire community. Mayor Savares knows that. We’re also going to collect data on all the 5,000 sprays that we’ll be giving out so that we can show that this is going to the most vulnerable population.”
The distribution of the insect repellent started today and involved Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero giving bottles to residents of Swamp Road and asking about how they’ve been helping to mitigate the spread of the disease.
According to Dededo resident John Mesa, it’s not just up to the government to control the spread of the disease, but the community as well.
“If you’re holding a bunch of tires, if you’re holding a bunch of water containers, you’re gonna get the mosquitoes. Everyone knows that. Yeah, you guys came out and helped us out and now it’s up to us and throw what needs to be thrown,” Mesa said.
If you would like more information about the insect repellent distribution, contact your local village mayor.
The distribution period will end on Friday, Jan. 31 with the Point in Time count of Guam’s homeless population.