SAIPAN - There have been no new dengue cases reported in the CNMI so far, but the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. continues to conduct dengue surveillance on the islands, CHCC hospital emergency preparedness director Warren Villagomez said.
CHCC reported two imported dengue cases on Saipan, one in August and another in September, but no locally acquired case was reported.
“We work closely with the Bureau of Environmental Health in conducting village inspections to prevent dengue,” Villagomez said.
CHCC is also communicating daily with the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services, he added.
“Based on Guam’s surveillance data, they are doing well in mitigating the situation and that puts us [the CNMI] in a better place,” Villagomez said.
He noted the people from Guam visit the CNMI on a daily basis, and vice versa.
Villagomez said CHCC will continue to educate the people about dengue fever and the need to maintain a clean environment.
“We will also make sure that our surveillance monitoring activities remain very active,” he added.
On Nov. 19, Guam reported 13 locally acquired and seven imported dengue cases.
The dengue virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito and cannot spread directly from person to person.