This is a Dengue Fever information update for Thursday April 21st at 11:00AM.
The outloook for the current dengue fever outbreak contiues to be favorable. The end of the infectious period or time that the last confirmed case may have been in a state of illness and able to transmit the virus to mosquitoes was March 27th. Although there has not been any reports of infected cases over the past nearly four weeks, community vigilance and continued support of the fight the bite efforts is encourgaed. With everyone’s help and participation, this outbreak can be brought to an end. 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 website at www.hawaiizerowaste.org
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.