As of Friday, the number of dengue fever cases in the current outbreak on the island of Hawaii stands at 233, with 3 additional cases reported that day. Of the confirmed cases, 211 are Hawaii Island residents and 22 are visitors. Three people are still considered potentially infectious to mosquitoes.

Image/National Atlas of the United States
Image/National Atlas of the United States

Physician and state Senator, Josh Green announced Saturday that he submitted legislation that appropriates $500,000 for additional response capacity against Dengue Fever on Big Island (traps, vector control, support) and an audit of the DOH efforts on the 2015/2016 outbreak.

“We deserve more answers than we have been given as a community. The reports released to date tell a very incomplete story, Dr Green notes.

“I also will be fighting for the full restoration of the public health positions (for Big Island) that went away over the years.

“This work, in addition to getting DOH more concerned about Rat-Lung Worm disease on Big Island, is a top priority.

“We need to have a success because future outbreaks of equally devastating infection diseases could potentially come to Hawaii.”