Dengue Cases In Palau Reach 329

According to the Ministry of Health, 53 cases were recorded in 2016. From January to June of this year, 290 more cases were confirmed. May saw 74 cases and in June, 106 cases were identified

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, July 07, 2017) – The number of dengue cases in Palau continues to rise since an outbreak was declared in November of last year, reaching a total of 329 cases this June 2017.

According to the Ministry of Health, 53 cases were recorded in 2016. From January to June of this year, 290 more cases were confirmed. May saw 74 cases and in June, 106 cases were identified.

In April and May of this year, three deaths occurred as result of dengue virus infection in patients with preexisting medical conditions. “This highlights the importance of protecting the vulnerable populations, those with non-communicable diseases, infants and young children, elderly and anyone with weakened immune system,” the health ministry stated.

Of the total cases reported from Oct. 2016 to June 2017, 77.2 percent occurred in Koror with a total of 254 cases. Cases were reported in the Koror hamlets of Madalaii, Ngermid, Ngerbeched, Meyungs, Dngeronger and Ngerchemai.

Cases in Ngermid and Ngerchemai have decreased but there is increase in cases in Madalaii, Ngerbeched, Dngeronger and Meyuns.

Airai state has the second largest number of cases, with total of 30 reported between October 2016 and June 2017. The other states affected are Ngarchelong, Aimeliik, Peleliu, Ngatpang, Ngaraard, Ngiwal, Ngardmau, Angaur and Melekeok.

Most reported cases involve persons between ages 10 and 29 with most cases affective those who are 20-29 years old.

An aggressive cleanup of Koror is being conducted by the state government to remove possible mosquito breeding grounds. With schools out and the Belau Games ongoing, the chances of spreading the virus are high, according to the

Ministry of Health which is on high alert which conducting surveillance, public awareness campaigns and increased scope of lab testing capability for dengue and zika.

The Ministry of Health continues to urge people to exercise preventive measures such as using insect repellent and covering exposed areas of the body to prevent from getting bitten by mosquitoes. There is no vaccine for the dengue virus.

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