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Another locally acquired case of dengue fever confirmed on Guam

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — There’s one more confirmed case of locally acquired dengue fever on Guam, increasing the total cases to 16.

Samples from the suspected case had to be sent off island and it took two weeks for results to return, according to a press release from the Department of Public Health and Social Services.

The number of locally acquired cases is now 10, health officials said. The number of imported cases remains at six, the governor’s office confirmed.

The last report of confirmed dengue cases prior to Wednesday evening’s update was in September.

Public Health officials have said that with the increased vigilance of the health community and the island at large, it anticipates more cases will be found.

DPHSS and its partner agencies continue efforts to mitigate the spread of the dengue virus.

Dengue is spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. People are encouraged to avoid mosquito bites and clear their yards and neighborhoods of containers and other items that could collect water and form breeding sites for mosquitoes. Together, these efforts can help stop the spread of dengue.

This illustration shows the number of days an infected mosquito can transmit dengue to another person. Illustration courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Dengue Branch.  Photo from The Guam Daily PostThis illustration shows the number of days an infected mosquito can transmit dengue to another person. Illustration courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Dengue Branch. Photo from The Guam Daily Post

Symptoms

Officials urge residents to visit their doctor or clinic if they experience any of the following symptoms of dengue infection: fever, aches and pains, rash, and mild bleeding usually around the nose or gums.

If you experience the following symptoms, which are found in more severe cases, visit an urgent care center or emergency room: severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, significant bleeding, lethargy, or restlessness.

To diagnose dengue, a health care provider may order blood tests. A blood test is the only way to confirm the diagnosis.

Residents without health insurance can call the Northern Regional Community Health Center in Dededo or Southern Regional Community Health Center in Inarajan — both clinics also accept walk-in patients Monday to Friday starting at 8 a.m.

A slide presentation by medical epidemiologist W. Thane Hancock is available to the public at the following downloadable link:

http://dphss.guam.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Dengue-Basics-10.4.19-1.pdf-1.pdf