Hawaii health officials are reporting an additional dengue fever case on the Big Island, the first in two weeks and the 261st total.

Hawaii/Perry-Castañeda Library
Hawaii/Perry-Castañeda Library

This new confirmed case helps to remind everyone that this outbreak remains active and is not anticipated to be considered over anytime in the near future.

As there have been no confirmed cases associated with the Milolii Beach Park and Village Community area since January 20th and with the actions taken to include numerous spraying and treatments, County and Department of Health Officials will be reopening the access to the Village and beach park for normal use effective Friday, March 11th.

Dengue is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito infected with one of the four dengue virus serotypes. It is a febrile illness that affects infants, young children and adults withsymptoms appearing 3-14 days after the infective bite.

Dengue is not transmitted directly from person-to-person and symptoms range from mild fever, to incapacitating high fever, with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and rash.