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No Change to Dengue Case Count

March 3, 2016, 1:58 PM HST
* Updated March 3, 2:17 PM
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The Hawai'i Department of Health updated its map of potential areas of dengue fever infection, based on confirmed case information as of Wednesday, March 2. DOH image.

The Hawai’i Department of Health updated its map of potential areas of dengue fever infection, based on confirmed case information as of Wednesday, March 2. DOH image.

No cases of dengue fever have been confirmed on the Big Island for a total of eight straight days.

The Hawai’i Department of Health has also not listed any cases as “potentially infectious” to mosquitoes since Feb. 23.

Since the September onset of dengue, 235 Big Island residents and 25 visitors to the island have been infected. The most recent onset of illness was Feb. 13.

Thirteen potential cases of dengue have been excluded from the overall count in the past day, bringing the total number of cases excluded from the count to 1,374. Cases excluded have been deemed negative as a result of testing and/or lack of case criteria.

Kailua-Kona is the sole area on the Big Island being listed at “moderate risk” of infection on the island. All other areas either are not listed on DOH’s updated map, which was released Wednesday, or are noted as “some risk.”

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DOH, Hawai’i County Civil Defense, Community Response Teams, and community partners began door-to-door dengue education outreach in Kailua-Kona on Feb. 17. The outreach efforts have continued.

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Symptoms of dengue fever include fever, joint or muscle pain, 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 are located in East Hawai‘i or 322-4877 in West Hawai‘i. If an individual is currently ill and concerned that they may have contracted dengue fever, they should contact their primary care physician.

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Civil Defense suggests the following to aid in reducing potential mosquito breeding areas around homes and businesses:

  • Remove or eliminate standing water that provides sources for mosquito breeding such as buckets or puddles.
  • Fix leaky faucets and outdoor hoses that are dripping water.
  • Treat bromeliads and other plants that hold water with a larvacide or chlorine bleach solution.
  • Clean gutters to allow water to drain freely.
  • Repair screens and windows to help keep mosquitoes out.
  • Dispose of old tires at no charge at county transfer stations islandwide.

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

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