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Official: No dengue virus on Saipan; CHCC monitoring passengers from Palau

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. is closely monitoring travelers from Palau and other Pacific countries with dengue outbreak.

CHCC-Bureau of Environmental Health Director John Tagabuel said there is no dengue virus in the CNMI, but a person who has dengue fever can transmit it to another person through mosquitoes.

“Palau is alerting us and issuing a travel advisory,” Tagabuel said in a phone interview. Palau recently confirmed two cases of dengue.

To avoid the virus transmission, Tagabuel advised residents to always clean their homes and their yards.

“Always empty water from containers and pet water bowls,” he said. “Conduct weekly cleanups including roof gutters to make sure the rain water does not accumulate.”

To avoid being bitten by dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes, he added, make sure windows have screens with no gaps.

“Wear long sleeves and long pants, especially in the morning and at nighttime. Anti-mosquito  lotion or oil can also help repel mosquitoes,” Tagabuel said.

In a press statement, CHCC advised the public to use approved mosquito repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon-eucalyptus or para-methane-diol.

But oil of lemon-eucalyptus or para-methane-diol should not be applied on children younger than three years old, CHCC stated.

“If you or a family member is experiencing fever, joint pains, headaches, rash and muscle pains, please see your doctor immediately,” CHCC said.

To report a suspected case, call  234-8950 and/or email [email protected].

For more information, call  the Bureau of Environmental Health at 664-4870/72/73, or email its director, John Tagabuel, at [email protected].

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109685-official-no-dengue-virus-on-saipan-chcc-monitoring-passengers-from-palau

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