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Confirmed Dengue Cases Hold at 139

December 8, 2015, 1:27 PM HST
* Updated December 8, 2:00 PM
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No new cases of dengue fever on the Big Island were confirmed by the Hawai’i Department of Health on Tuesday as the case count remains at 139.

The last time there was no influx in cases was on Friday, Nov. 27 when the number held from the prior day at 107 confirmed cases of dengue fever.

Of the 139 individuals infected, 17 are visitors and 31 are identified as children, meaning individuals under the age of 18.

Another 28 cases were excluded from the confirmed case count since Monday. The exclusion is based on negative test results and/or not meeting case criteria.

As of Monday afternoon, Hawai’i County officials say a total of 251 abatement sprayings have been conducted since the outbreak began.

Spraying operations continue Tuesday in the South Kona, Hamakua, South Hilo and Puna areas.

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

Those interested 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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