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The Ministry of Health (MOH) said it is in touch with the public health representatives of the neighboring islands in addressing the rising dengue cases in the country that is now affecting visitors.

In a statement sent to the Times, the MOH stated that it is in contact with the health officials of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)regarding the recent report that two patients in Saipan contracted dengue virus during a visit in Palau.

The health institution added that aside from communicating with the CNMI health officials, it is also reaching out to other partners in Micronesia by sharing resources such as health education materials and travel advisory warnings that could help tackle dengue cases.

The recent Dengue Situation Report of the MOH has now confirmed two deaths attributed to dengue while 16 new dengue cases from September 2 to 8.

In our previous report, the CNMI’s Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) revealed recently that the two patients in Saipan who had confirmed dengue infection were believed to have contracted the mosquito-borne virus during a visit in Palau.

In Guam, a health official also said that a dengue-infected patient on their island was believed to have contracted the virus during a visit in Palau. Guam’s Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) said in a press statement that dengue fever is not endemic on their island and that there are no dengue virus transmissions occurring there.

The MOH, through a press statement, continues to advise the public to take precautionary measures to prevent the prevalence of dengue. It also asks individuals to immediately seek consultation when experiencing the symptoms of dengue fever which include sudden high fever, severe headache and backache, chills, joint and muscle pains, and vomiting, among others. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)