Confirmed Dengue Fever Cases at 139
Confirmed cases of dengue fever on the Big Island rose by three over the weekend.
The Hawai’i Department of Health announced Monday afternoon that the confirmed case count now lies at 139.
This number is just up from the 136 reported on Friday, a total that climbed by 24 cases from the previous Monday.
In addition to the confirmed cases, DOH officials continue to report cases that are excluded from the count either because an individual’s dengue testing results came back negative, their case information doesn’t match what health officials would see in dengue cases, or a combination of the two.
Since Friday, an additional 87 cases have been added to the negative count, bringing the total to 424 individuals.
Monday’s count of confirmed cases includes 17 visitors and 31 individuals under the age of 18.
The most recent onset of illness is Nov. 30, or just one week ago. DOH continues to list the first recorded onset of illness as Sept. 11.
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 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.