Hawaii’s Big Island Declares Mosquito-Spread Dengue Fever State Of Emergency


*As I settled in to my first-ever trip to Hawaii, the mayor of Hawaii’s Big Island declared a state of emergency over the dengue fever outbreak that now includes 260 cases.

I seem to have gotten off of Oahu and back home to California safely, i.e. fever free. Dodged THAT bullet.

But damn.

Hawaii’s governor has for now said he won’t declare a statewide emergency until the outbreak spreads to other islands or includes other diseases, such as the Zika virus.

Symptoms of dengue fever include a sudden, high fever; severe headaches; pain behind the eyes; severe joint and muscle pain; fatigue; nausea and vomiting; skin rash; and mild bleeding (nose, gums, or easy bruising).

Health officials have been investigating the growing outbreak, the state’s first since a 2011 outbreak on Oahu.

Oahu. Home of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach, my home far away from home for 10 days last month.


Officials claim that the key to stopping the spread of dengue fever is mosquito control, and they say that won’t be easy. This particular mosquito is a particularly hard one to kill, an aggressive daytime biter…

Sounds like those back home in Michigan…

…that can live both outside and in. A little water in a flower pot, they say, is enough for it to lay and hatch eggs, and they can even survive drought until rain returns.

We don’t have many mosquitos where I live, especially with the draught, but when I do swat one, I’ll think about the dengue fever outbreak in Hawaii.

You should, too.

You’re welcome.

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