There are 15 dengue cases on Guam – nine were locally acquired and six are imported cases.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services continues its efforts to collect and test mosquitoes, and work with local doctors and clinics to ensure people with symptoms are tested for dengue virus.

Community outreach also has continued.

On Wednesday night at Guam Community College, Dr. Thane Hancock talked to island residents, primarily from Mangilao, about dengue’s symptoms and about how the disease is spread. Hancock specializes in epidemiology at the U.S. Public Health Service. Mangilao is where the first residential area had to be cleaned and sprayed with insecticide, in hopes of eradicating any dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

Public Health officials continue to encourage the community to rid their properties of containers and areas that can serve as mosquito breeding grounds.

Dengue is spread when a mosquito infected with the virus bites a person.

“After heavy rainfall, like what we experienced with the recent passing of the typhoon, we may expect an increase in the number of mosquitoes on island in the next week. Debris scattered from the storm, with accompanying rain, can provide more breeding sites for mosquitoes,” said Tom Nadeau, chief environmental public health officer at Guam Public Health. “It will take the effort of the entire community to minimize this from happening, by cleaning up around their homes and businesses.”

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