Following the news of dengue outbreak in Palau, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) has taken precautions by monitoring travellers from neighboring countries.

The Marianas Variety reported that although there is no report of dengue fever in the CNMI, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. (CHCC) is closely monitoring travellers.

CHCC-Bureau of Environmental Health Director John Tagabuel was quoted in the report in saying that Palau had been alerting authorities in CNMI and issuing a travel advisory.

Residents in CNMI were advised to clean up possible mosquito breeding sites and follow other measures to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes carrying dengue virus.

The Belau National Hospital’s last update on dengue outbreak in Palau revealed that confirmed cases of dengue fever was already at 27 as of December 21.

The MOH previously declared Dengue Outbreak alert after dengue fever cases were observed to surpass the threshold of 10 cases a month.

The Ministry also alerted the public after the first two confirmed cases were found to be caused by the Dengue Serotype 3 virus which is said to be a mosquito-borne virus that is new to Palau. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)