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HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, April 23) - Residents
traveling to Palau and Cairns, Australia, should be wary of dark areas in those
countries, because cases of dengue fever are once again popping up.

Dengue is a treatable viral infection carried by Aedes aegypti
mosquitoes, which favor shady urban areas, according to Department of Public
Health and Social Services acting Director PeterJohn Camacho.

Camacho warns residents traveling to Cairns and Palau to use
mosquito repellents and wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.

Because the Aedes mosquito's peak hours of activity are in the
early morning hours after daybreak and in the late afternoon before dark, Public
Health advises visitors to use mosquito netting over their beds while they are
visiting Cairns or Palau.

"You can't pass it on to someone else. It can only be
transmitted by the mosquitoes so (people on Guam) don't have to worry about
someone bringing it here," he said.

Dengue fever is typically characterized by the sudden onset of
high fever, severe headaches, severe joint and muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and
a rash, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Camacho said dengue fever is rarely life-threatening.

April 23, 2003

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