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No new dengue fever cases in Hawaii since Christmas

Baba Health Tips

The state’s public health authorities said on Tuesday that the dengue epidemic seems to have stopped increasing in Hawaii as no new cases have been reported since Christmas.

As per the Hawaii State Department of Health, a total of 181 cases of dengue fever had been confirmed between early September and 15th of December, with just a couple of patients considered infectious as of December 28.

Richard Creagan, a representative for the Hawaii State Department of Health, said in the new statement, “The good news is that that outbreak stopped without any intervention by the health department or anybody.”

The outbreak, which started Sept. 11, is now the largest since statehood.

The second-largest outbreak was in 2001, and included 122 confirmed cases were reported.

Of the confirmed dengue cases, a total of 163 victims are Hawaii Island residents and 18 are visitors. Age wise, 145 of them are adults and the remaining 36 are children. Health officials excluded 715 potential cases from the count as they didn’t meet case criteria.

Meanwhile, state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) are working with residents and business owners to restrict standing water and other environments that mosquitoes use to reproduce and spread dengue.

Dengue fever, which is also known as break bone fever, is a mosquito-borne disease caused by dengue virus. It is characterized by skin rash, fever, headache, muscle ache and pain in joints.

Dengue fever is transmitted to humans when they are bit by infected mosquitoes. The symptoms usually include a sudden onset of fever, severe headaches, rash and eye, joint and muscle pain.

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