The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) today put the dengue fever confirmed case tally at 122, an increase of 5 cases since yesterday.
Since the beginning of this outbreak, HDOH has been in constant contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose role is to provide technical expertise and advice. As reported Monday, at the request of the State and County, Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, is on Hawaii Island this week to assess efforts and share his analysis with officials. In addition to Dr. Petersen, a CDC entomologist and technician are providing consultation and assistance on mosquito surveillance strategies to HDOH.
Health officials report that all confirmed dengue cases to date have recovered or are recovering.
HDOH Vector Control has performed more than 100 property assessments and is taking precautionary action by spraying at case residences and other areas that have been specifically identified by the investigation as potential areas of concern. To date, more than 200 mosquito abatement sprayings have been conducted since the beginning of the outbreak.
An upcoming community meeting presented by Hawaii County and HDOH will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Pahoa High School Cafeteria.
Hawaii County radio messages are running regularly on Hawaii Island radio stations, as well as Maui radio stations that reach certain areas of Hawaii Island. Ongoing updates, additions and revisions are being made regularly to Hawaii County and DOH websites and social media channels.