Outreach and Surveillance Completed for Previous Cases; Spraying Set for Sites of Newly Confirmed Case
The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), along with partner agencies, continue efforts to mitigate the spread of the dengue virus on Guam.
To date, there are eight confirmed cases of locally acquired dengue infection and four confirmed cases of imported dengue infection.
The DPHSS Epidemiological Surveillance team today completed visits to the home of the patient who was diagnosed with the latest case of dengue fever. The team also visited the establishment where the patient spends some time. The case is still under investigation.
Four Focus Areas
DPHSS continues its multi-prong approach to limit the spread of dengue virus. The DPHSS operation teams from the Environmental Health, Medical/Epidemiological, and Event Community Health Outreach (ECHO) continue to focus on four areas: 1) mosquito surveillance for dengue fever 2) population surveillance for dengue fever 3) mosquito control for dengue fever and 4) education on dengue fever.
To date, mosquito surveillance of all 11 sites where confirmed cases of locally acquired and imported dengue were completed on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, with the assistance of the Guam Environmental Protection Agency. The DPHSS Division of Environmental Health continues to set mosquito traps at the 11 sites for routine surveillance. To date, preliminary screening tests of mosquitoes have returned negative for the presence of the dengue virus.
Today, the DPHSS ECHO team completed house visits at two high-risk areas in Dededo where sprayings were encouraged. Also, the ECHO team visited the facility where the patient who was diagnosed with the most recent case of locally acquired dengue spends time, and received written consent for pesticide spraying.
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.