Poole explains the FestPac delegates should not be treated any differently from the many visitors who already come to the island.
Guam – With an earlier outbreak of the Zika Virus in Yap and with the upcoming Festival of the Pacific Arts, it’s still not a great enough threat to Guam, according to Guam Territorial Veterinarian Dr. Thomas Poole.
Moreover, Poole says the threat of the Zika Virus coming to Guam is greatly exaggerated. In fact, he says, there’s not much to worry about unless delegates from the neighboring islands bring in a certain species of mosquitoes along with them. On Guam, we only have the Asian tiger mosquitoes, which Poole explains are weak in transmitting diseases. However, the Yellow fever mosquitoes, which are found within the region, are what he calls heavy weight champions for carrying diseases including the Chikingunya virus and the Zika virus.