This is a Dengue Fever information update for Friday April 22nd at 1:30PM.
As of 1:00PM today the State Department of Health had reported an additional confirmed case of dengue fever however the onset of illness and infectious period for this case dates back to November. This additional case brings to the total number of confirmed cases to 264. No cases are currently infectious. Please continue to Fight the Bite.
To prevent mosquito bites, wear clothing that minimizes exposed skin, use mosquito repellent on skin that cannot be covered, and avoid areas of high mosquito concentration during the early morning and late afternoon periods when mosquito activity is greatest.
If you suspect you may have dengue, remain indoors to prevent the possibility of being bitten and infecting mosquitoes, and contact a health care provider. Community health centers are working with the Department of Health to see patients who suspect they may have dengue regardless of ability to pay.
Help to reduce potential mosquito breeding areas around homes and businesses. To support home and business owners in cleaning and removing potential breeding areas, the County of Hawaii Department of Environmental Management will be extending its weekend transfer station hours for the entire month of April. All transfer stations island-wide will be opened on both Saturday and Sunday for the month of April from the hours of 6:00am to 6:00pm. Normal transfer station hours will resume during the work week. In addition, the department will be conducting two additional Household Hazardous Waste collections at the follow locations:
- Saturday April 23rd at the Kailua Kona Transfer Station
- Saturday April 30th at the Hilo Transfer Station
For more information on both transfer station hours and the household hazardous waste collection please go to the hawaiizerowaste.org website.
As part of an ongoing mosquito control and abatement plan, the Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting preventative spraying of the Hookena Beach Park on Monday April 25th. The Park will be closed from Sunday April 24ththrough 2:30pm on Monday April 25th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of these extended hours of transfer station availability and lets all do our part to clean up our community.
Below is a map that depicts case locations as of 3/17/2016.
This map will be updated weekly with location data provided by the State Department of Health. Locations may represent multiple cases. For the most up to date case counts and other information from the Department of Health, visit their website at health.hawaii.gov.
Surveying and spraying is being conducted at the residences of all suspect and confirmed cases, in addition to proactive spraying at nearby public facilities.
This map should not be used to exclude any areas of the island from proactive mosquito control measures. All residents islandwide are encouraged to Fight The Bite by reducing mosquito breeding grounds and protecting themselves from mosquito bites.