The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), along with partner agencies, and the Guam community, continue efforts to mitigate the spread of the dengue virus on Guam.
To date, there remain eight confirmed cases of locally acquired dengue infection and four confirmed cases of imported dengue infection. Thanks to the willing collaboration of the Guam healthcare providers, DPHSS continues to receive suspect cases on a near daily basis. Recently, sixteen suspected cases resulted in negative findings for the dengue virus.
Dengue Presentations Provided
As part of an aggressive outreach commitment, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to provide DPHSS with technical assistance on epidemiological surveillance, monitoring, and risk communications. Part of the effort includes dengue presentations to the community.
All are invited to attend the following informational briefs on dengue, to learn more about the virus, efforts you can take to protect you and your family, and ongoing response efforts:
- Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 6 p.m. - Liguan Elementary School in Dededo
- Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 6 p.m. - B.P. Carbullido Elementary School in Barrigada
- Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6 p.m. - Merizo Elementary School
Pesticide Application Continues at Areas of Surveillance; High-Risk Locations Complete
Pesticide spraying has been completed at the homes of three areas of surveillance where a confirmed case of locally acquired dengue resides. Spraying at two more areas of surveillance started this afternoon. An area of surveillance is defined as the homes and neighborhoods within a 200-meter area of a confirmed locally acquired dengue case. Also, pesticide spraying has been completed at four high-risk locations. A high-risk location is identified by the DPHSS epidemiological surveillance team as a site where a confirmed case of locally acquired dengue spends time away from their primary residence.
For more information, visit https://ghs.guam.gov/, or contact DPHSS, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (671) 735-0124. If there is an emergency, dial 911.