Dengue Fever Count Remains at 262
No new cases of dengue fever were reported by the Hawai’i Department of Health on Tuesday, keeping the total number of cases confirmed since the September onset of the Big Island’s outbreak to 262.
In addition, no known cases remain “potentially infectious,” according to DOH.
A total of 236 Big Island residents have been infected with the dengue virus, along with 26 island visitors.
Since the outbreak began, 1,512 individuals with potential cases of dengue have been excluded from the confirmed count, including six in the past day. Cases excluded either did not meet case criteria or had negative test results.
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.
Hawai’i County 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.