JIC Release No. 11 - No New Confirmed Cases; Two Schools Reopen Tomorrow

JIC Release No. 11 - No New Confirmed Cases; Two Schools Reopen Tomorrow

No New Confirmed Cases; Two Schools Reopen Tomorrow

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE), in consultation with the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), announces that Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary School (OCPES) and Agueda Johnston Middle School (AIJMS) will resume classes on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

DPHSS conducted the gathering of mosquito traps for the two GDOE schools to test for the presence of the dengue virus.The Department of Public Works completed cleanup at AIJMS, and minor debris cleanup at OCPES will be completed by tomorrow morning.

No New Confirmed Cases
To date, there remain seven confirmed locally acquired cases of the dengue virus.

Unofficial Vendors
Be alert for unofficial vendors selling unverified mosquito repellent or mosquito coils without a business license.

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges the community to only use pesticide and repellent products and devices that have both an EPA Registration Number and an EPA Established Number. Guam EPA also reminds the business community and all residents intending to sell or supply any pesticides or repellents that a Notice of Arrival (NOA) must be filed with the agency prior to their importation into the island, in accordance with the Guam Pesticides Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

As part of the agency’s efforts to further the protection of human health and the environment, the Guam EPA Pesticides Enforcement Program will continue to perform inspections of businesses or residences that advertise the sale and availability of pesticides and repellents.

How to Help with Mosquito Control Efforts
The community is reminded to do their part to minimize the spread the dengue virus. While pesticide spraying is done initially in areas identified as high-risk, it is only a temporary solution. Without removing breeding sites, mosquitoes can return. Pesticide spraying can also be ineffective if overused. Residents are urged to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites by applying insect repellant and wearing light-colored long sleeved shirts and pants.

Reduce the number of new mosquitoes that carry dengue by eliminating the places they lay eggs. DPHSS mosquito surveillance suggests that Aedes albopictus​ is the mosquito spreading dengue on Guam. Aedes albopictus​ lays its eggs in natural and artificial water holding containers, such as tree holes, coconuts, bromeliads, water barrels, trash, closed gutters, tarps, and tires. Generally,​ A. albopictus does not reproduce in large bodies of water, such as ponding basins and reservoirs.

For more information, visit https://ghs.guam.gov/,or contact the Joint Information Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (671) 478-0208/09/10. If there is an emergency, dial 911.



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