- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - The number of confirmed cases of dengue fever acquired on the Big Island has jumped to 10.

As of last week, health officials had reported only two confirmed cases and four probable cases of the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes. State epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said Monday that 10 residents and visitors to the island have now contracted dengue fever.

The Hawaii Health Department is focusing its disease control efforts throughout Kona, KGMB-TV reported (https://bit.ly/1M8XWLu). But Park said that cases have also been found in different areas of the island.

“It’s important for Big Island folks to understand that no matter where you live or work that you could potentially be at risk and we don’t know if the risk is over or how long it’s going to go last,” Park said.

“Most of the people will have what we call mild to moderate symptoms and they will recover; however, there is a small percentage that can develop severe dengue.”

The latest cases of dengue fever bring the total number of confirmed cases in Hawaii this year to 23. There were 14 cases in 2014, and 10 in 2013.

Symptoms of dengue fever include fever, severe headaches, rash as well as eye, joint and muscle pain.

There is no cure, and doctors typically prescribe bed rest and acetaminophen. Symptoms usually go away within one or two weeks.


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

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