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Dengue Count Jumps by Nine

November 17, 2015, 2:06 PM HST
* Updated November 17, 2:11 PM
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As of Tuesday afternoon, a total of 65 cases of dengue fever have been confirmed by the Hawai’i Department of Health.

Of the 65 confirmed cases, 55 have involved Hawai’i residents and ten have been in visitors.

The total count also includes 15 cases that have reportedly affected individuals under the age of 18.

On Monday, the confirmed dengue count was at 56.

Spraying and treatment operations by DOH crews have continued, with Tuesday’s focus being on various areas in Kona, according to Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

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The last community meeting on the “Fight the Bite” campaign tour will take place Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in the Kea’au High School cafeteria.

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

Those interesting in obtaining general information about the current Big Island dengue investigation should call 2-1-1 and talk with Aloha United Way.

Anyone who thinks they may have contracted dengue fever on the Big Island should call 933-0912 if they’re located in East Hawai’i or 322-4877 in West Hawai’i. If an individual is currently ill and worried that they may have contracted dengue fever, they should contact their primary care physician.

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Mosquito concerns should be reported to 974-6010 in East Hawai’i or 322-1513 in West Hawai’i.

For more information, visit the DOH website.

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