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Big Island Dengue Fever: 107 Confirmed Cases

November 26, 2015, 3:35 PM HST
* Updated November 26, 3:36 PM
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The number of confirmed dengue fever cases on the Big Island rose to 107 Thursday.

Confirmed cases rose by six overnight as the Hawai’i Department of Health updated the case count.

Of the 107 cases, 14 have involved visitors.

The most recent onset of illness was recently updated to Nov. 18.

DOH officials say that 230 reported potential cases of dengue have been excluded from the overall count as they did not meet case criteria and/or test results didn’t show the virus in their system.

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Hawai’i County Civil Defense reported Thursday that DOH officials will conduct spraying operations in areas including South Kona, Hilo, Puna, and Ka’u on Friday.

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A community meeting will also be held Friday at the Ocean View Community Center, beginning at 6 p.m.

Additional meetings will be held through next week in Waimea, Kohala, and Pahoa.

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

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Those interesting in obtaining general information about the current Big Island dengue fever 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.

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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