Pearl City residents take precautions for dengue fever

Photo courtesy the World Health Organization
Photo courtesy the World Health Organization
Bobby Hall
Bobby Hall

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some folks in Pearl City are keeping their fingers crossed and trying to stay away from mosquitos.

Thursday, the state Department of Health confirmed two cases of the mosquito transmitted dengue fever.

At Noble's auto repair shop in Pearl City, concern is growing with recent headlines of dengue fever.

With recent heavy rains and two confirmed dengue cases with two others highly likely in the area, it's time to take precautions, according to state officials.

One resident says even though he's not that worried, he's still concerned. Another says the fever can kill you.

The health department's Gary Gill yesterday said he's hoping for the best that the transmission of the disease has burned out in that neighborhood but its best to take every precaution.

Symptoms of dengue fever usually start five to six days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito.

If someone who is exposed in that neighborhood travels to another neighborhood having been infected then that could take the disease to a different neighborhood with them.

The health department doesn't think this latest outbreak will turn into a large scale situation, but if you come down with a high fever, bad head and body aches, and a rash go your doctor.

There is no vaccine for dengue fever.

Here's what you can do to help stop the spread of dengue fever.

-- Empty all standing water

-- wear mosquito repellant

-- cover exposed areas of your body

-- see a doctor if you have any of the symptoms -- fever, head & body aches, rash

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