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What Tropical Disease Is the Most Common in Guam?


There are a number of diseases that have been dreading human life for ages. These diseases have harmed people not only physically but also mentally. They result in disruption of our ecosystem causing increase in mortality rate and deaths. The most common diseases found nowadays are the tropical disease. These diseases are caused in the tropical areas of the world and not in the temperate areas. It is for this reason that they are known as the tropical disease. They affect the people living in the tropical areas adversely by causing multiple disorders and ailments. People predict and use various ways to cater and treat them ranging from simple methods to complex surgeries.


Towards the west of Pacific in the Mariana Islands, the largest one that is most densely populated is that of Guam. The island came into being due to the movements of plates after a volcanic activity. The southern part of the island is marked by mountains while the northern part has a nature of fertile soil. Due to its relatively warm tropical temperature, the area is famous for the tropical diseases inflicted upon people. These diseases do not occur in temperate or cooler regions because the insects can not thrive in cold environment and the hibernation factor comes here too. Since most of the insects like flies and mosquitoes act as vectors carrying pathogens and diseases, they only thrive in the tropical zones. Hence, these germs carrying vectors are the main cause for the occurrence of diseases in tropical areas and contribute a lot towards the harm of human health.


For a number of years main tropical disease in Guam has been Tuberculosis. But it has been cured now. Dengue is one of the most common tropical diseases. It is carried by the vector mosquito and is inflicted upon those who are bitten by a mosquito carrying a dengue germ or pathogen with it. Chagas disease is the result of a parasite which is a blood sucking bug that carries harmful pathogens. It can also be caused by the contaminated food, blood transfer etc. Similarly Malaria is caused by the Anopheles mosquito that bits a person, resulting in the disease with high fever and temperature. There are also a number of sexually transmitted diseases that are caused either during mating or the wrong usage of preventive measures during it. Some of these diseases have been a source of neglect and they are silently harming the population of Guam. Examples of these ignored diseases are hookworm and scabies.

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Therefore, the most common tropical diseases in Guam discussed above have seriously been affecting the lives of the people there. Most of the diseases are caused by flies, bugs and mosquitoes that live and multiply in the warm tropical temperature and carry harmful pathogens with them. Even their single bites can result in multiple ailments and one bite can disrupt the entire ecosystem too. People consult different specialists and doctors for the treatment of these diseases that sometimes become deadly too.

By Sidra Rana, published at 02/15/2012
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