Dengue Fever outbreak in Hawaii rises to 101 affected

Hawaii — As of 1 p.m. on Nov. 25, the Hawaii Department of Health has reported 101 confirmed cases of dengue fever originating on Hawaii Island. Of those  cases, 88 are Hawaii residents while the remaining 13 are visitors.

No deaths have been reported at this time and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention urges visitors to go on vacations as planned. It does, however, recommend that travellers take proper precautions; since dengue fever is transmitted only by mosquitos, it’s recommended to use mosquito repellant, wear clothing that minimizes exposed skin, and avoid high-risk areas in the early morning and late afternoon when mosquitos are out in full force.

Further, the Department of Health is spraying and treating areas with high mosquito presence and confirmed cases.

This map of potential areas of infection was provided by the State of Hawaii’s Department of Health:

Hawaii Tourism and Authority President and CEO George Szigeti commented in a statement to the AP, “To date, we have not seen an increase in cancellations due to dengue fever.”

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