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Six more Big Isle dengue fever cases push total to 145

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / NOV. 2015

    Sarah Park, M.D., State Epidemiologist and Chief of Disease Outbreak Control Division speaks at a media briefing on the dengue fever outbreak in November.

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

Of the 145 confirmed cases since an outbreak of the virus began in mid-September, 128 are Hawaii island residents and 17 are visitors. Thirty-two cases involve children; and 113, adults.

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

The Health Department reported negative test results in 477 potential cases of dengue fever.

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  • My take on Ige is he is a thinker. Thinks and thinks and thinks, then eventually comes to some sort of decision while everyone waits. If you are dealing with the budget, some policy, or other non-urgent issue, this approach is fine. However, when the building is on fire, action is needed–not thinking. The state was so late out of the gate on this, the virus spread all around and now may not even be able to be contained. Look at the map, it’s all over the place. Besides all the sick people, the victims here are everyone in the hospitality industry. With the Christmas visitors canceling or changing their plans, the economy there will take a hit. If these counts keeps going up, even the drip drip of more and more cases, more people will stay away.

  • When this first hit, I predicted 300 cases by Christmas………….I still stand by my prediction… although my friend a nurse scoffs at that high number….we’ll see.

    • I’ll make sure that you are correct. I will allow the rain to fill up a few rows of empty soda cans in my back yard so that the mosquitos can breed. I can always get my five cents back at any time that I am ready.

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