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Ads on radio and TV will target Zika virus


    A feeding female Anopheles stephensi mosquito crouching forward and downward on her forelegs on a human skin surface, in the process of obtaining its blood meal through its sharp, needle-like labrum, which it had inserted into its human host.


    Gov. David Ige spoke Thursday as Vern Miyagi, left, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency administrator, and Mayors Billy Kenoi, Bernard P. Carvalho, Alan Arakawa and Kirk Caldwell announced a statewide public education campaign, “Fight the Bite,” on Thursday to build awareness of mosquito-borne diseases and their threat to Hawaii.

The state and counties are ramping up efforts to prevent the mosquito-borne Zika virus from taking hold in Hawaii in spite of a congressional impasse over $1.1 billion in emergency funding to combat the virus, which can cause devastating birth defects, including microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with abnormally small heads. Read more

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