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No New Dengue Cases Confirmed Tuesday

April 26, 2016, 1:17 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.

No new cases of dengue fever were confirmed on the Big Island Tuesday.

The Hawai’i Department of Health continues to list the total case count at 264 cases, with the most recent case confirmed on Friday.

DOH officials say the confirmed case was not a recently acquired case, but rather an old case just recently confirmed.

In total, 238 Big Island residents have contracted the dengue virus, with an additional 26 visitors.

Since the outbreak began in September 2015, a total of 1,643 potential cases have been excluded from the overall count. Two of the excluded cases have been within the past 24 hours.

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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.

Hawai’i County 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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