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Official: No dengue cases on Saipan, Tinian, Rota

THERE has been no reported case of dengue fever on Saipan, Tinian or Rota, according to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.

“We are keeping track of patients coming in and what [disease] is spiking up,” CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said. “If there is dengue fever, we will be able to catch it.”

She said all islands in the Pacific have been monitoring dengue fever and are working with the World Health Organization.

On Guam, its Department of Public Health and Social Services recently confirmed one imported case of dengue fever on the island. “An imported case means the individual did not contract the disease on island.”

In Palau there have been 150 cases while in the Philippines, there have been over 56,000 cases and 227 deaths.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus.

There is no vaccine for dengue fever so health officials are advising those traveling to Palau or the Philippines “to take precautions and prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes.”