The case was imported which means the disease was not contracted on Guam.
Guam – On Guam, mosquitos are a natural pest but never in Guam history has an illness been reported as a result of the pesky critter until now as the Department of Public Health and Social services announced the first confirmed report of dengue fever on Guam.
Public Health announced on Friday that they have confirmed a suspected case of imported dengue fever on Guam, which means the disease was not contracted on island.
Dengue fever is a disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito, primarily the yellow fever mosquito which is not found on Guam.
However, the Asian tiger mosquito, which can also carry the virus, does exist on Guam. As a result, Public health cautions the public to be vigilant in preventing the transmission of the disease and eliminating mosquito breeding sites.
The symptoms include high fever, severe headache, sever pain behind the eyes, joint, bone and muscle pain, rash and mild bleeding around nose and gums.
There is currently no vaccine for dengue fever prevention. Public Health says the best measure is for residents to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.
If you feel sick it is recommended that you contact your primary care doctor.