By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Guam health officials report confirming another locally transmitted dengue fever case this week, bringing the total to 11 for the year.

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The Guam Public Health Laboratory of the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) continues to receive reports of suspect cases as a result of the department’s increased community outreach and timely reporting by Guam healthcare providers.

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In addition to the locally transmitted cases, officials have also seen seven travel associated cases.

The dengue virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito and cannot spread directly from person-to-person.  The community is advised to avoid mosquito bites and eliminate its breeding sites to help stop the spread of dengue virus.

In September, Guam reported the first autochthonous dengue transmission on the island in 75 years.

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DPHSS advises everyone to be vigilant against mosquito bites to help stop the spread of dengue:

  • Use insect repellent with EPA-approved active ingredients:  DEET, Picaridin (known as KBR 3023 and icaridin outside the US), IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-methane-diol (PMD) or 2-undecanone.
  • Wear light-colored long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Re-apply insect repellent as directed.
  • Do NOT spray repellent on the skin under the clothing.