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Dengue Count Holds at 263 for Just Over Three Weeks

April 14, 2016, 1:59 PM HST
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An Aedes aegypti mosquito is pictured here. The mosquito is one of two in Hawai'i known to spread the dengue virus. Hawai'i Department of Health photo.

An Aedes aegypti mosquito is pictured here. The mosquito is one of two in Hawai’i known to spread the dengue virus. Hawai’i Department of Health photo.

The dengue fever case count on the Big Island remains at 263 cases on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Hawai’i Department of Health issued an update to its Risk Areas for Potential Infection map, noting that no changes were made since the prior week.

Despite no new cases of dengue on the island in just over three weeks, two locations remain listed by DOH as areas of “some risk” of infection: Hookena and Kalaoa.

Since the outbreak began on the Big Island last September, a total of 1,611 potential cases have been excluded from the overall count. The number includes three cases in the past day.

Cases excluded were either deemed negative through laboratory testing or did not meet case criteria.

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

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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.

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

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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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