New cases of dengue fever in Hawaiian outbreak

When there were no new cases of dengue fever during a 5 day period, it was thought that perhaps the outbreak on the big island of Hawaii had peaked. Unfortunately, more cases were found, bring the total to 207 infected people, 187 of whom are residents while 20 were visitors. A total of 39 infections have occurred in children.

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Advice For Travellers

The overall risk for travellers to the island of Hawaii remains relatively low, although it may be high in some of the areas were cases of dengue fever have been concentrated. All travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue fever do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.

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