Another locally acquired dengue case confirmed on Guam

FIGHTING MOSQUITOES: Employees for a local contractor spray insecticide at F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School and adjacent Simon Sanchez High School the weekend of Nov. 2 as part of an effort to reduce mosquitoes in the area. Courtesy of the Guam Department of Education

Guam has another case of dengue and it's also a locally acquired case. 

The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services confirmed the case Tuesday. Epidemiology and Surveillance Team confirmed it was acquired locally, which means a mosquito carrying the virus bit the resident. 

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 20; 13 locally acquired cases and seven acquired off island. 

“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,” officials stated.

The press release doesn't state where the individual resides. 

Anyone who lives in or travels to an area where dengue virus is found can get it from mosquito bites.  

The dengue virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito and cannot spread directly from person to person.  

The community is advised to avoid mosquito bites and eliminate mosquito breeding sites to help stop the spread of dengue virus.

This new locally acquired case demonstrates how important it is for the Guam community to maintain efforts to reduce mosquitoes and avoid mosquito bites.

Dengue Facts

● A person infected with the dengue virus usually will have fever for 2-7 days. During the

time that a person has a fever they can infect mosquitoes with the dengue virus.

● During the time an infected person has a fever (febrile phase), they should remain indoors

and avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

● During the time an infected person has a fever (febrile phase), they should not go to

school or work.

Health officials urge residents to visit their health care provider if they experience any of the following symptoms of dengue fever: fever; aches and pains; rash; mild bleeding usually around the nose or gums.

If you have any of these more severe symptoms, officials urge you to visit the nearest hospital emergency room: severe abdominal pain; persistent vomiting; significant bleeding; lethargy or restlessness. To diagnose dengue, a health care provider may order blood tests to look for dengue. A blood test is the only way to confirm the diagnosis.

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