Mon. Dec 16th, 2019

Two cases of ‘imported dengue’ in Palau

Palau has received two cases of “imported dengue” that arrived via tourists from Thailand. The two tourists were infected with dengue fever serotype 1.  Palau had only dengue serotype 2 and 3.

As per the Ministry of Health press release, two imported cases were tourists visiting Palau from Thailand who presented themselves with Dengue-like symptoms to a private clinic on September 11 and 12, 2019.

After case investigation was conducted by the MOH authorities, it was determined that both had been infected with Dengue Fever serotype 1 prior to their arrival in Palau. Proper preventive and quarantine measures were then taken to ensure that the tourists would not pose further threat to local residents and citizens.

The number of cases on dengue have gone up to 586 with two deaths among which 502 Palauans caught dengue since the declaration of the outbreak. There have been two deaths attributed to dengue.  According to President Remengau, despite high cumulative number of people that have been infected with the different types of dengue, most of these people have been cured and as of September 18, there were only 3 cases of dengue inpatient at the Belau National Hospital.

Earlier this month, the Guam’s Department of Public Health and Social Services pointed out that in last 31 years (1988-2018) Guam has just had 41 cases of Dengue fever and had called two 2019 cases of Dengue in Guam as “imported dengue”.

One of the dengue cases in Guam was an arrival from Palau and the other was an arrival from Yap.

However, within a month of those statements by the authorities, Guam detected first two cases of locally transmitted dengue.

Koror Governor Fanco Gibbons recently gave out a public service announcement where in effort to combat the spread of dengue, he has decided to keep the KSG dengue hotline 4884457 open until the end of the month.

The calls coming into the hotline will be assessed and accordingly the trash picking crew will collect the waste on the same day or the next day. This service will be available only during weekdays.

The service is also limited to residential homes and schools in Koror and does not include commercial and business entities, However, an exception will be made for small businesses that do not have the resources to transport their waste. There will be an assessment done for the exception as well. (By Eshan Kalyanikar)