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Dengue fever case reported on Maui

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 2:39 p.m. HST, Dec 13, 2012

WAILUKU >> The state health department reports that a person on Maui who traveled to another country has developed dengue fever.

The Department of Health told the Maui News that there have been no additional cases.

Agency spokeswoman Janice Okubo says the health department became aware that a person had tested positive for dengue after being contacted by that person’s doctor. Health department officials talked to people in neighboring areas this week and turned up no additional cases. But, they said, it is possible more cases will turn up.

The disease is transmitted through mosquitoes. Dengue fever is not deadly but causes high fever and a rash.

The last major outbreak on Maui occurred in 2001-02 with more than 100 suspected cases.

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