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County Announces Additional Mosquito Control Measures

November 5, 2015, 6:12 PM HST
* Updated November 5, 6:45 PM
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Hawai’i County Civil Defense announced Thursday evening that additional measures will be taken by the Hawai’i County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Hawai’i Department of Health to control mosquito populations.

Ho’okena will remain closed as a proactive and preventative measure, according to Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira. Mosquito control and pesticide treatments will continue at the site.

In addition, spraying and treatment activity is scheduled to take place Friday in the Honaunau and Telephone Exchange Road areas in Kona.

“The State Department of Health is working closely with other state and county agencies to identify common factors in these cases, inspect possible sources of dengue carrying mosquitos, and take appropriate control actions,” Oliveira said.

Along with the treatments, three transfer stations will collect old tires during regularly scheduled hours. The County of Hawai’i Department of Environmental Management will collect the tires at the locations to reduce possible breeding areas at Waiohinu Transfer Station, Waiea Transfer Station, and Ke’ei Transfer Station.

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On Thursday, DOH confirmed 19 cases of dengue fever on the Big Island.

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