The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) reports that they have identified another case of locally acquired dengue fever raising the total number of locally acquired case on Guam to 12.
An epidemiologist interview with the patient concluded that it is a locally acquired infection according to a news release issued Sunday by the public health.
This latest case was confirmed late Friday afternoon, Nov. 8, according to the release.
Seven important cases have also been identified which adds up to 19 cases of dengue fever on Guam.
The release states that this new locally-acquired case demonstrates how important it is for the residents to maintain efforts to reduce mosquitoes and avoid mosquito bites.
DPHSS continues its enhanced surveillance for suspect cases of dengue through community outreach, laboratory testing, and timely reporting by Guam’s dedicated healthcare providers.
As a reminder, the dengue virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito and cannot spread directly from person-to-person. The community is advised to avoid mosquito bites and eliminate mosquito breeding sites to help stop the spread of dengue virus.
Pesticide Spraying, Surveillance, and Monitoring
The DPHSS Epidemiology and Surveillance Teams will canvass the homes and notify residents in the new area of concern to help clean any potential breeding sites. Also, pesticide spraying at the high-risk target areas in Yigo, including F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School and Simon Sanchez High School, are completed. Pesticide control professionals apply EPA-approved pesticides to high-risk target areas where written consent has been given by the home or building owner. DPHSS also continues mosquito surveillance to include the capture of adult mosquitoes in high-risk areas.
Dengue Fever Symptoms
See your healthcare provider if you experience any of the following symptoms of dengue fever: fever, aches and pains, rash, mild bleeding usually around the nose or gums. Visit your nearest hospital emergency room if you experience any of the following symptoms of severe dengue fever: severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, significant bleeding, lethargy or restlessness. To diagnose dengue, a healthcare provider may order blood tests to look for dengue. A blood test is the only way to confirm the diagnosis.
Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites
The Department of Public Health and Social Services recommends the following simple step to protect yourself and your family:
DPHSS advises everyone to avoid mosquito bites to stop the spread of dengue:
· Use insect repellent with EPA-approved active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-methane-diol (PMD) or 2-undecanone.
· Wear light-colored long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
· Always follow the product label instructions.
· Re-apply insect repellent as directed.
· Do NOT spray repellent on the skin under the clothing.
Tips for babies and children:
· Always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.
· Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
Instead, dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
· Cover strollers and baby carriers with mosquito netting.
· Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD) on children under 3 years old.
· Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face. Do not apply insect repellent to a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, cuts, or irritated skin.
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