- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Department of Health officials say there are 136 confirmed cases of dengue fever on Hawaii’s Big Island.

The people impacted Friday included 119 Hawaii Island residents and 17 visitors.

Hawaii News Now reports (http://bit.ly/1TDuB0V ) it’s the largest outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease since 2001.

In the 2001 outbreak, there were 122 confirmed dengue fever cases. The outbreak, which lasted for 10 months, began in a rural region of the island and then spread to areas with thick vegetation and heavy precipitation.

The most recent locally-acquired dengue fever outbreak in Hawaii occurred on Oahu in 2011 when five people contracted the illness.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team is working on the Big Island to help stem the outbreak.

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Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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