Guam Public Health confirms first locally acquired case of dengue fever

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito which is a dengue fever carrier, is shown in this U.S. Centers for Disease Control photograph released to Reuters on Oct. 30, 2013. Reuters

The Guam Public Health Laboratory has confirmed the first locally acquired case of dengue fever.

The virus is type III [DENV 3], the same type of dengue virus causing outbreaks in Yap, Palau, Marshall Islands, and the Philippines, the local Public Health department stated.

An alert physician reported a suspected case of dengue fever in a patient with no travel history outside Guam to the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services on Sept. 10. 

This was confirmed on September 11 as Guam's first locally acquired dengue case in decades.

"This is the first locally acquired dengue case detected and reported on Guam in the last 75 years; all previous cases were imported from off-island," the department stated.

The department is implementing a heightened response in preventing further local transmission of the virus.