- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - Health officials are investigating two confirmed and four probable cases of dengue fever acquired by residents and visitors on the Big Island.

KGMB-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1M0G2un) the cases of dengue fever, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, were reported Thursday.

Charles Trippy and his girlfriend, Allie Wesenberg, are among those who were sickened. They were part of a group of YouTube personalities who visited the Big Island earlier this month. They said they fell ill after they returned home to Florida.

“I think my body started to ache. Not just my muscles, it was like my bones hurt. It was awful,” Wesenberg said, in a video blog. The clip was uploaded to the couple’s YouTube channel, which has more than 1.5 million subscribers.

“We’ve been talking with the Hawaiian Health Department,” Trippy said in an online video post, “And they’re kinda helping us right now because they’re afraid that other people …”

“Well, they’re concerned,” Wesenberg interjects.

Dr. Melissa Viray, state Department of Health deputy epidemiologist, said investigators are examining “different cases on the Big Island and we’re looking at their different exposures, and we’re trying to see where their exposures might have been in common.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is helping state health officials with testing.

Viray said vector crews have not noticed any unusual mosquito activity on the Big Island, so an outbreak could be contained quickly.

“We’re always on the lookout for an incident like this because dengue doesn’t happen here,” she said. “We don’t have local dengue in our mosquitoes.”

The latest cases of dengue fever bring the total number of confirmed cases in Hawaii this year to 15.

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


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

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