Title: Two Travel-Related Dengue Fever Cases Reported in Hawaii
The state Department of Health in Hawaii has recently received reports of two travel-related cases of dengue fever. Both cases were in individuals who had recently traveled to countries where dengue is commonly found. The last locally acquired case of dengue in Hawaii was in 2016 during an outbreak on Hawaii island, and in 2011, an outbreak of locally acquired dengue occurred on Oahu.
Dengue fever is caused by a virus that is primarily spread by mosquitoes. To combat this, health department personnel are currently conducting inspections and mosquito-reducing activities in areas suspected or confirmed to have dengue cases. It is advised to eliminate mosquito breeding sites, such as standing water in and around homes, to prevent the spread of the disease.
It is important to note that dengue is not established in Hawaii, and currently, cases are only seen in travelers. Travelers to areas with dengue are at a higher risk of infection. To minimize the risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that travelers use insect repellent, wear protective clothing, and sleep in rooms with screens or under bed nets.
Upon returning from areas with dengue risk, travelers should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites for at least three weeks and seek medical evaluation if any symptoms develop. Symptoms of dengue can vary from mild to severe and typically last between two to seven days. While most people recover within a week, severe illnesses can occur.
The state Department of Health assures the public that they are closely monitoring the situation and taking necessary steps to prevent further spread. They also urge residents and visitors to stay vigilant and prioritize mosquito bite prevention measures to minimize the risk of dengue transmission.
For more information about dengue prevention and symptoms, individuals can visit the official website of the state Department of Health or consult their healthcare provider.
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