One Additional Case of Locally Acquired Dengue, Two Additional Imported Cases
The Guam 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 are nine confirmed cases of locally acquired dengue infection and six confirmed cases of imported dengue infection. Two of the three additional positive cases were sent off-island for testing, resulting in late reporting.
DPHSS continues to receive reports of suspect cases as a result of the department’s increased community outreach and timely reporting by Guam healthcare providers. Dengue is spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. The community is advised to avoid mosquito bites to help stop the spread of dengue.
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.
For those without a primary healthcare provider, call the Northern Regional Community Health Center in Dededo at (671) 635-7400 or the Southern Regional Community Health Center in Inarajan at (671) 828-7157 to make an appointment. Walk-ins are accepted Monday through Friday, beginning at 8 a.m.
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 initiative is providing informational briefs to all stakeholders and the community. More informational briefings can be made available upon request.
The community is invited to the following informational brief on dengue, open to all:
● Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 6 p.m. - Merizo Elementary School
The CDC slide presentation by medical epidemiologist W. Thane Hancock, MD, MPH is made available to the public at the following downloadable link, http://dphss.guam.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Dengue-Basics-10.4.19-1...
For more information, visit http://dphss.guam.gov/dengue-fever/ 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.