Feb 9, 2016

Hawaii's Big Island declares emergency over dengue fever infections

Hawaii
USA
by
Victoria Cavaliere
,
Reuters
Tourists and locals watch the sunset from White Sands Beach Park in Kailua-Kona, on Hawaii's Big Island, January 31, 2016. Photo: Canice Leung, Reuters
Tourists and locals watch the sunset from White Sands Beach Park in Kailua-Kona, on Hawaii's Big Island, January 31, 2016. Photo: Canice Leung, Reuters

The mayor of Hawaii's Big Island declared a state of emergency on Monday to deal with a growing outbreak of dengue fever, spread by infected mosquitoes, with 250 cases confirmed over the past four months...

Dengue is not endemic to Hawaii but has occasionally spread after being imported by infected travelers. The outbreak on the Big Island is the first cluster of locally-acquired dengue fever since a 2011 outbreak on Oahu, the Hawaii Department of Health said