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Dengue Fever case confirmed on Guam, DPHSS says individual not infectious

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The Department of Public Health confirms a “travel-related case of dengue fever”.  KUAM has confirmed the individual is an off-island delegate attending the Festival of Pacific Arts.  According to a press release from DPHSS, the individual was brought to the Guam Memorial Hospital on Monday, was treated for prolonged fever and released but was being closely monitored as a protective measure. The delegate has since been isolated from mosquito exposure. Prior to the start of Festpac the agency along with its partners applied insecticides at lodging and venue sites to reduce the threat of Zika and other mosquito related illnesses such as Dengue. According to DPHSS in the past decade there have been 22 travel related cases identified on Guam and  there has been no local spread or outbreaks of dengue identified on island over the past ten years. 

Symptoms of dengue include fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, and/or rash. Occasionally, dengue can be associated with mild bleeding (e.g., nose or gums bleed, easy bruising).

The public can protect themselves from dengue and other diseases spread by mosquitoes by avoiding mosquito bites by using repellent with DEET or picaridin, wearing long clothing, and staying in screened or air conditioned areas. The mosquitoes that spreads dengue are day time biters and do not fly very far, thus cleaning up items that catch standing water such as tires, pet dishes, and flowerpots can help stop the spread of mosquito related diseases. Dengue is not spread person-to-person. It is only spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.

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