Months after the end of the dengue outbreak in March this year, the Ministry of Health has declared a rise in dengue cases admitted to the Belau National Hospital.
The Dengue Fever Outbreak lasted for fifteen months this past year, beginning in December 2018 and continuing throughout all of 2019 and into 2020, and resulting in 828 reported cases in Palau. Now, the MOH is reminding people to readopt the 3 S of Dengue Prevention: searching out and eliminating mosquito breeding sites, self-protecting with insect-repellant and long-sleeved clothing, and seeking early consultation if dengue symptoms are experienced.
The notice coincides with increasing reports of RSV and enterovirus, and as Palau continues to be on guard against the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The MOH continues to emphasize the practice of safety measures, including frequent handwashing, disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces, maintaining a healthy distance from those who are sick, and covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. (By: Adam Somers)

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