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    This file photo shows the mosquito that transmits dengue fever.

Five more confirmed cases of dengue fever have been reported on Hawaii island, the state Department of Health said today.

Of the 122 confirmed cases since an outbreak of the virus began in mid-September, 106 are Hawaii island residents and 16 are visitors; 93 of the cases involve adults while 29 are under 18 years old.

Dengue fever is spread by infected mosquitoes, and officials are encouraging residents of Hawaii island to take measures to prevent being bitten by possibly infected mosquitoes.

The health department reported negative test results in 313 potential cases of dengue fever.

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