West Hawai’i Senator Responds To Dengue Outbreak
State Senator Josh Green, who represents District 3 (Kona and Ka’u), is calling on constituents within his district and across the Big Island to take precautions to reduce the spread of the dengue fever virus.
As of Friday, a total of 23 confirmed cases of dengue fever had been reported by the Department of Health on the Big Island. That number is likely to grow as the DOH continues to investigate possible potential cases.
“As a State Senator and a Big Island physician, I’m concerned not only about the immediate well-being and safety of our residents and visitors, but also the real long term health and economic impacts an outbreak like this can have on the state,” said Senator Green. “Unless people become aware of the seriousness of this virus and take action, I’m worried the infection will spread and impact will grow.
“There may likely be more confirmed, as well as real but unconfirmed, clinical cases in the coming weeks. However, dengue can be stopped if we all do our part to reverse the outbreak.”
According to the Senator, who operates a practice in Kona, an influx in patients have come through his office and he has personally seen and treated individuals concerned they may have dengue fever.
Senator Green is reportedly working with hospitals and schools across the Big Island to ensure that proper communication takes place to report suspected cases of dengue.
“Anyone who believes they may have contracted dengue should see a doctor immediately,” said Senator Green. “People should take Tylenol for high fevers that may stem from dengue fever and NOT aspirin or ibuprofen, that can add to complications of this disease.
“Preventing dengue fever from becoming endemic in Hawai‘i will require a prolonged response from DOH, the county, and state, but most importantly, take good care now and call a healthcare provider if you feel sick.”
Anyone worried they may have contracted dengue fever should contact their healthcare provider as well as the DOH’s Disease Investigation Branch at (808) 586-8362.
For more information, visit the DOH website.