Feb 9, 2016

Hawaii island declares state of emergency over Dengue fever

Katie Reilly
Photo: TIME
Photo: TIME

The mayor of Hawaii’s Big Island declared a state of emergency on Monday over the growing dengue fever outbreak that now includes 250 confirmed cases.

The outbreak is the largest in the state since the 1940s, Reuters reported, citing Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi and Hawaii health officials.

Hawaii’s governor said he would not issue a statewide emergency declaration until the outbreak spread to other islands or grew to include other diseases, such as the Zika virus, according to Reuters