East Hawaii News

Dengue Count Stays Put at 145 Confirmed Cases

December 10, 2015, 2:18 PM HST
* Updated December 11, 1:31 PM
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For the second time this week, the case count of confirmed dengue fever on the Big Island has not increased.

The Hawai’i Department of Health reported Thursday afternoon that the case count number remains at 145 infected individuals. This includes 128 Hawai’i residents and 17 visitors.

Onset of illness range from the initial recorded case, as of Wednesday’s numbers, sits between the initial recorded case on Sept. 11 through the most recently reported onset of illness, Dec. 3.

Thirty-seven additional cases have been excluded from the count in the past 24 hours, based on negative test findings and/or not meeting case criteria.

Hawai’i County officials said Wednesday evening that a total of 264 mosquito abatement spraying have taken place since the outbreak began.

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Spraying operations continued Thursday in South Kona, Hilo and Hamakua, according to Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

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Civil Defense also released a recent map including confirmed, suspect, and negative case findings. Confirmed cases are shown in high concentration along the Western portion of the island from Kailua-Kona down through Milolii. Other areas with confirmed cases include Puna and Hilo. A small amount of confirmed cases are noted in the Ocean View, Naalehu, Pahala, and Paauilo 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.

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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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