Health officials with the Hawaii Department of Health reported an additional seven locally acquired dengue fever cases today, bringing the case tally on Big Island to 56.

Aedes aegypti mosquito feeding on a human host/CDC
Aedes aegypti mosquito feeding on a human host/CDC

Of the confirmed cases, 46 are Hawaii residents and 10 are visitors. 41 cases have been adults; Fifteen have been children (<18 years of age).

The County of Hawaii is working with the State Department of Health to get information out to the community about dengue fever and how we can all work together to stop its spread on Hawaii Island.

Dengue fever is a virus that is transmitted or spread by infected mosquitoes and not directly from person to person.  Dengue Fever is not endemic or common to Hawaii. It was likely introduced by a person who contracted the virus in another area of the world and became infectious while in Hawaii.

Watch the Dengue Fever Meeting Held In Naalehu HERE and HERE

Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch

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