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Hawaii island’s dengue fever count increases by 7 cases to 79

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    The dengue outbreak in Hawaii began Sept. 15

The Health Department has updated the number of cases of locally acquired dengue fever to 79. 

That adds seven cases to Wednesday’ count, when there were 72 confirmed cases in the outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease on Hawaii island. Officials said the cases include 11 visitors and 20 children, with the onset of illness ranging from Sept. 11 to Nov. 12. 

Dengue is a viral infection spread via mosquitoes that bite an infected person and then carry the virus to the next person. People cannot infect other people. 

While dengue is not endemic to Hawaii, it is intermittently imported from endemic areas by infected travelers. 

The recent cases mark the first cluster of locally acquired dengue fever since the 2011 outbreak on Oahu, when four cases were confirmed. 

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