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DOH Confirms Additional Dengue Fever Cases

November 9, 2015, 1:24 PM HST
* Updated November 10, 1:11 PM
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The case count of confirmed dengue fever cases on the Big Island rose by another four over the weekend, bringing the total number of confirmed dengue fever cases to 27.

According to the Hawai’i Department of Health, 25 of those cases are in adults, while two have been pediatric.

Another development in the Hawai’i dengue fever outbreak is a confirmed case on Oahu. DOH officials say that case is not related to the Big Island outbreak and that the confirmed case is considered “imported.”

“HDOH continues to routinely monitor for cases of imported dengue infection on ALL islands and will continue to have Vector Control perform mosquito site assessments and abatement as needed,” DOH officials said Monday afternoon.

On Friday, the case count was up to 23 confirmed cases with an onset date of Sept. 15 to Oct. 30. The most recent onset of illness is now being listed as Nov. 2.

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All individuals who have contracted the dengue virus are recovering, according to officials.

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Community meetings on dengue fever have been scheduled island wide over the next week.

All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 9 at Yano Hall in Captain Cook
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Na’alehu Community Center
  • Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Konawaena High School cafeteria
  • Friday, Nov. 13 at the Honoka’a High School cafeteria
  • Monday, Nov. 16 at the Hilo High School cafeteria
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the Kea’au High School cafeteria.

Anyone who thinks they may have contracted dengue fever should call DOH’s Disease Investigation Branch at (808) 586-8362 or contact their primary care physician.

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For more information, visit the DOH website.

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