Dengue Fever Case Count Remains at 263
No new cases of dengue fever on the Big Island have been reported, according to the Hawai’i Department of Health on Monday.
The current dengue fever count sits at 263, with 237 Big Island residents and 26 visitors having been infected with the illness. None of the cases are deemed “potentially infectious” to mosquitoes, with the most recent onset of illness listed as March 17.
Two more potential cases were ruled to not have dengue fever, based on test results and whether it meets case criteria, bringing the total number of excluded cases to 1,537.
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.