Since our last report nearly one month ago, the Palau Ministry of Health has reported nearly 20 additional confirmed dengue fever cases and including the three cases reported last week, the outbreak total has risen to 95 since Dec. 1.
There have been no deaths attributed to dengue infection during this outbreak.
On Dec. 7, the Palau Ministry of Health alerted the public of an outbreak of dengue fever following the first ever laboratory confirmation of two cases with dengue serotype-3.
This poses a significant concern for public health as the whole population is potentially vulnerable to infection.
In response to the outbreak, the Ministry of Health activated its emergency response team on Dec. 7. The team has been tasked with raising community awareness of the outbreak and dengue prevention measures, conducting disease surveillance and reporting, strengthening mosquito control measures, and ensuring adequate resources are available to combat the outbreak.
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