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Public Meetings on Dengue Fever Scheduled

November 8, 2015, 5:43 PM HST (Updated November 8, 2015, 5:47 PM)
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Public informational meetings have been scheduled throughout the island to update residents on the recent dengue fever outbreak.

Hawai’i County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira announced on Sunday that the community meetings will begin on Monday at Yano Hall in Captain Cook. Na’alehu Community Center will host the next meeting on Nov. 10. Future sessions will be held at the Konawaena High School cafeteria on Nov. 12, Honoka’a High School cafeteria on Nov. 13, Hilo High School cafeteria on Nov. 16, and Kea’au High School cafeteria on Nov. 17.

Each meeting will start at 6 p.m.

As of Sunday, no new confirmed cases of dengue fever had been announced by the Hawai’i Department of Health. The confirmed count remains at 23. Fifteen of the cases involve Big Island residents, and the rest involve visitors. Two pediatric cases have been reported, and all individuals are recovering.

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Oliveira said that DOH crew members were conducting spraying operations throughout parts of Kona on Sunday. He said that the areas being sprayed include “areas of high mosquito presence that are also areas of possible contact with infected people. This includes areas around residents of confirmed cases.”

For more information on dengue fever, visit the DOH website.

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