JIC Release No. 19 - No New Confirmed Cases; Swamp Road Cleanup Completed

JIC Release No. 19 - No New Confirmed Cases; Swamp Road Cleanup Completed

No New Confirmed Cases; Swamp Road Cleanup Completed

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. ​​DPHSS continues to receiveclinical reports of suspect cases as a result of the department’s increased community outreach and timely reporting by Guam healthcare providers. The dengue virus is spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. All Guam residents are advised to avoid mosquito bites to stop the spread of dengue.

Multi-Agency Efforts

On Tuesday afternoon, the Department of Public Works and the Dededo Mayor’s Office completed cleanup efforts along Swamp Road. In total, DPW collected 731 cubic yards of solid waste, 3,501 tires, 215 white goods, and 257 abandoned vehicles from September 19 to October 1, 2019. This cleanup was an aggressive effort to eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites in light of confirmed locally acquired cases of the dengue virus in the vicinity. Effective today, the Chamorro Land Trust Commission, in partnership with the Guam Environmental Protection Agency, will effectuate stronger surveillance and issue citations to those caught illegally dumping on the property.

Refer to Official Sources for Information

The Joint Information Center (JIC) is aware of social media posts and WhatsApp messages relating to a local news report about the dangers of OFF-brand repellent. The JIC has confirmed that the message circulating was a misinterpretation of the primary source.

Pesticides and repellent products manufactured for the international market by known EPA-Registered and EPA-Established manufacturers in the U.S. mainland are for use by international markets and are not for export to U.S. states and territories. These products do not undergo the same administrative, legal, and scientific evaluation process that U.S. marketed products do. This evaluation process must occur for every product to receive approval for use and distribution in the U.S. and must be labeled in accordance to the Federal Insecticide Fungicide Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Guam Pesticides Act.

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.

All are invited to attend the following informational briefs on dengue:
  • 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

The community is reminded to only share official, verified information from the JIC to help stop the spread of misinformation. To view the latest, visit​​https://ghs.guam.gov/.For more information, you can also contact DPHSS, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (671) 735-0124. If there is an emergency, dial 911.


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