February 8, 2017) There are no new reported or active cases of zika virus in Palau according to latest report from the Ministry of Health.
Since the first confirmed case in November of 2016, there has been no new or active case of zika in Palau. [restrict]
Ministry of Health reports that although dengue fever cases continue to be seen at the Belau National Hospital, there are no additional cases of the Zika virus in Palau.
Public Health of the MInsitry of Health continues to urge the public to maintain cleanliness around homes and yards to prevent the spawning and growth of mosquitoes. It also urges everyone to use mosquito repellants.
Community leaders and organizations are also encouraged to organize community-wide cleanups to eradicate potential mosquito breeding grounds which include shady areas and areas that contain standing water.
Zika virus is spread by the same Aedes mosquitoes that carry dengue fever. Because of the risks associated with Zika infection during pregnancy, pregnant women are strongly advised not to travel to places with ongoing transmission of Zika virus and to take extra precautions to avoid infection. Please see your doctor immediately if you think you have been infected with the Zika virus.
Dengue Fever is transmitted from human to human through the bite of an infected Aedes type of mosquito. This type of mosquito usually spawns and thrives in standing water. Trash and litter items such as empty bottles, cans, pot plants, and old tires that hold water should be discarded as they are potential breeding grounds. Contrary to popular belief, the Aedes mosquito is not found in larger bodies of water such as wetlands and ponds such as those located in Malakal.
For more information on the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases, please contact the Communicable Disease Unit at 488-2450 and for more tips on how to stop the breeding of mosquitoes and prevent infection, please contact the Division of Environmental Health at 488-6073 or 488-6345. [/restrict]