News Release

Yap State Government Colonia, Yap

Jan. 11, 2012

The Department of Health Services has released a new update on the dengue fever outbreak in Yap since the first case was identified and confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on Sept. 1, 2011. The figure continues to rise.

As of Jan. 8, 2012, the number of dengue fever cases in the state reached a total of 1,078 with 839 cases in Yap Proper, 77 in Ulithi Atoll, 158 on Fais Island, 2 in Eauripik Island and 2 in Woleai Atoll.

Of that total, 170 cases had been admitted to the state hospital with 2 deaths from the dengue type 2 virus.

The symptoms of dengue are high fever, body ache, joint pain, and sometimes pain behind the eyes, diarrhea and vomiting. Anyone with these symptoms is encouraged to seek medical attention as early as possible.

The department is encouraging all the residents to continue their cleaning around their homes as dengue fever is transmitted especially by mosquitoes that breed around houses in small water containers, empty cans, bottles, cups, tires and other vessels that catch water near homes and areas where people attend social activities.

The department wishes to emphasize the need for everyone to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes by using insect repellants and mosquito coils at dusk and dawn when this type of mosquito comes out to bite.

It also recommends that people should always wear long trousers and long sleeves during those times to protect their bodies from mosquitoes.

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