In response to the Dengue Fever outbreak entering it's fourth week of growth, State health officials plan to spray insecticide at Big Island schools beginning this weekend.

There are now a reported 65 confirmed cases of dengue fever, 55 of which includes residents and 10 visitors. County and state officials conducted a community meeting at Hilo High School to discuss the dengue fever outbreak, approximately 200 community members joined the meeting to express their concerns and to ask questions. Many questions were focused around students and schools on Hawai'i Island.

The Administrator of the Hawai'i County Civil Defense stated that spray treatments will be starting in Kona, as well as Hilo in an effort to protect Hawai'i Island students. Parents will be notified of any insecticide spraying ahead of time. He has also stated that parents should not be concerned about the health effects of spraying the insecticide.