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Dengue: Another Confirmed Case Brings Total to 34

November 12, 2015, 1:32 PM HST
* Updated November 12, 1:34 PM
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One new confirmed case of dengue fever on the Big Island was announced by the Hawai’i Department of Health Thursday.

The total of confirmed cases of dengue has risen to 34 since Oct. 26, when two cases were initially being investigated by DOH.

Twenty-six of the confirmed cases are Hawai’i residents, while the other eight are visitors to the islands. Four children have been impacted by dengue. The DOH defines children as individuals under the age of 18.

Onset of illness ranges between Sept. 11 and Nov. 2.

On Wednesday, no new cases were confirmed by DOH officials.

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Spraying operations continues throughout the island, including various locations in Honaunau and Kailua-Kona. A follow-up treatment at Hookena Beach Park is also being conducted as a precaution.

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Treatments took place in Hilo, Naalehu, and Honaunau on Wednesday.

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Hawai’i County Civil Defense said Thursday afternoon that although spraying and treatment continues, the best way to reduce the spread of dengue is through minimizing the potential of being bitten by an infected mosquito.

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It’s advised that individuals wear clothing that minimizes exposed skin, use mosquito repellent and avoid activities in areas with a high concentration of mosquitoes.

Dengue Fever community meetings continue Thursday evening and will last through next Tuesday. All meetings begin at 6 p.m.

Meetings are on 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.

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

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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