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No New Big Island Dengue Cases Confirmed Wednesday

November 11, 2015, 2:30 PM HST
* Updated November 11, 2:46 PM
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No new cases of dengue fever on the Big Island were reported Wednesday.

The Hawai’i Department of Health listed Wednesday’s case count at 33, the same number reported on Tuesday.

Twenty-five of the confirmed cases have involved Hawai’i residents, while eight have been listed as visitors.

DOH officials also clarified a number on their website, noting that four of the cases have been in children, meaning individuals under the age of 18. Previously, those numbers were listed as “pediatric” cases.

Onset of illness associated with dengue range between Sept. 11 and Nov. 2, according to DOH.

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Hawai’i County Civil Defense reports that spraying operations in Naalehu, Hilo, and Honaunau are being conducted by DOH crews Wednesday.

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Community meetings on dengue fever will continue through next week, under the following schedule:

  • 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.

Each community meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Symptoms of dengue fever include fever, joint or muscle paints, headache or pain behind the eyes, and rash.

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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.

For more information, visit the DOH website.

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