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CDC warns travelers: When on Guam, avoid mosquito bites

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an advisory urging travelers to protect themselves from mosquito bites when on Guam.

“Outbreak alert: There is a dengue outbreak in Guam. Travelers should prevent mosquito bites,” the CDC stated on the website, cdc.gov

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Staff from the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services collect mosquitoes and larvae from old boats and other trash illegally dumped in the jungles of Dededo on Sunday.  Photo courtesy of the Joint Information Center and The Guam Daily Post

Three schools were closed Monday to allow for efforts to remove mosquito breeding grounds. Harvest Christian Academy reopened Tuesday after a one-day closure.

Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary School and Agueda Johnston Middle School, both public schools in Ordot, will resume classes Wednesday after a two-day closure this week. Each of the three schools has had one student with dengue fever, which is spread by certain mosquitoes. The schools have each lost four days of instructional time due to the dengue outbreak.

Guam had a total of 10 dengue cases as of Saturday, seven of which were acquired locally. There have been no new reports since then.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services gathered mosquito traps for the two public schools to test for the presence of the dengue virus. According to the mayor of the village, as of Monday, DPHSS employees had not found mosquitoes carrying the virus.

The Department of Public Works completed cleanup at the middle school, and minor debris cleanup at Ordot Elementary would be completed by Wednesday morning, a Joint Information Center press release stated.

The center cautioned consumers to be on alert for unofficial vendors selling unverified mosquito repellent or mosquito coils without a business license.