Hawaii health officials reported eight additional dengue fever cases Wednesday, bringing the outbreak total to 101 on the Big Isle. Of the confirmed cases, 88 are Hawaii residents and 13 are visitors.
Of the total cases, 23 have been reported in children under the age of 18.
The Department of Health is spraying and treating areas with high mosquito presence and confirmed cases. The Department of Health conducted spraying in various areas of South Kona and Hilo yesterday.
Although spraying and treatment of areas is ongoing, the most effective method to reduce the spread and eliminate Dengue is to fight the bite. Minimize or prevent the possibility of being bitten by an infected mosquito by wearing clothing that minimizes exposed skin, use mosquito repellant and avoid activities in areas of high mosquito concentration during the early morning and late afternoon periods when mosquito activity is greatest.
In addition, persons feeling ill and having a fever should remain indoors to prevent the possibility of being bitten and infecting mosquitoes.
Community Information Meetings on the Dengue outbreak will be conducted at the following locations:
- Friday November 27th at 6:00PM at the Ocean View Community Center
- Monday November 30th at 6:00PM at the Waimea Middle School Cafeteria
- Tuesday December 1st at 6:30PM at the Kohala High School Cafeteria
- Thursday December 3rd at 6:30 at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria