18 Sep 2019

State of Emergency as Guam fights dengue outbreak

3:57 pm on 18 September 2019

A state of emergency has been declared on Guam as health officials battle an outbreak of dengue fever.

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Governor Lou Leon Guerrero's declaration allows the release of emergency funds to help contain the outbreak.

The Pacific Daily News reported the island recorded its first locally-acquired case of dengue fever in 75 years last week, and a second case was confirmed last night.

It's the same strain of dengue that's affecting the Marshall Islands and Palau, has forced schools to close in Federated States of Micronesia, and prompted a national emergency in the Philippines.

A massive spraying operation is underway to control mosquito populations on the island.