A travel-related case of Zika has been reported on Hawaii island.
The state Department of Health and the Hawaii County said today in a press release that it is the first travel-related case of Zika confirmed on Hawaii island.
The Hawaii island resident who contracted the virus recently traveled to the South Pacific and is past the point of being infectious to mosquitoes, officials said.
Health officials said there have been no locally acquired Zika cases in Hawaii and no mosquitoes here have transmitted the disease .
A state Vector Control team was sent to the individual’s residence and workplace to survey the areas for mosquitoes and treat possible areas of concern.
“The County of Hawaii is working with the Department of Health to take proactive steps to assess affected areas for mosquito activity, educate communities, and treat mosquito breeding sites,” said Civil Defense Administrator Ed Teixeira. “This event is a reminder that we all need to remain vigilant and take steps to prevent mosquito bites especially when traveling to affected areas worldwide, and eliminate mosquitoes by emptying standing water where they can breed.”
State officials said imported or travel-related cases of Zika are expected to increase, and advise travelers to use repellent and avoid mosquitoes.