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Dengue Fever Count Rises to 15

November 4, 2015, 1:16 PM HST (Updated November 4, 2015, 1:18 PM)
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As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, a total of 15 “locally-acquired” cases of dengue fever have been reported on the Big Island, according to reports from the State of Hawai’i Department of Health.

The Wednesday case count rose by four since Tuesday afternoon.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense reports that Hookena Beach Park has been closed until further notice as the site is one identified by the DOH earlier this week that is linked to some of the dengue cases.

Darryl Oliveira, Civil Defense Administrator, said in a radio message that, “As a proactive and preventative measure, Ho’okena Beach Park will be closed until further notice. This action is necessary to allow for health and Parks Department staff to conduct mosquito control and pesticide treatments.”

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Dr. Sarah Park, state Epidemiologist, said Tuesday that Hookena and Honaunau “came up more frequently in some of the cases” but were not necessarily in relationship to all of the cases.

Dengue fever cases over the past couple weeks have been reported on both sides of the island and have affected both visitors and residents of the island.

Symptoms of dengue fever include sudden onset of fever, severe headaches, eye, joint, and muscle pain. Rash is also a symptom and generally appears on hands, arms, legs and feet.

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Anyone concerned that they may have contracted dengue fever should contact their primary health provider.

To learn more about dengue fever visit the DOH website.

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