Health Notice – U.S. Embassy Kolonia

Location: Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia

Event: The Yap State Department of Health Services reported an outbreak of diarrheal illness due to rotavirus. Rotavirus is highly infectious. It is characterized by vomiting and watery diarrhea for 3 to 8 days. Fever and abdominal pain also frequently occur.

This outbreak coincides with the 9th Micronesian Games on Yap, with hundreds of athletes, coaches and spectators visiting Yap State.

Actions to Take: Rotavirus can be prevented by practicing good personal hygiene and eating and drinking safely

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before handling food and after going to the toilet.
  • Avoid touching your mouth and nose with your hands.
  • Eat and drink safely: consume thoroughly cooked food and washed fruits, and drink safe and clean water (no tap water).
  • If traveling to Yap State, it is recommended to bring personal soap and disinfecting wipes with you.