The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) reported an additional two locally acquired dengue fever cases on the Big Isle Wednesday, bringing the outbreak total to 215.

Nine out of 10 cases are Hawaii residents.

The HDOH  is holding weekly information sessions in Kona and Hilo to provide timely updates and answer questions from the community. Participants will learn about the prevalence, transmission, and symptoms of dengue fever, outbreak response efforts, how to interpret case counts and maps, and the best ways to Fight the Bite.

  • Hilo: Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. State Office Building, Rooms A/B/C, 75 Aupuni St.
  • Kealakehe: Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. West Hawai‘i Civic Center, Mayor’s Conference Room, 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Hwy.
  • Captain Cook: Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. Yano Hall, 82-6165 Māmalahoa Hwy.

These sessions are open to the public and currently scheduled to continue through February.

In addition, signage and repellant dispensers are currently set up all both Hilo and Kona airports on Hawai‘i Island. The State Department of Transportation (DOT) will begin posting signage at all state airports to increase awareness of dengue fever and the precautions that all visitors should take.

There has been 20 dengue cases reported in Hawaii visitors to date.