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State investigating two possible dengue fever cases on Big Island

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The state is investigating two suspected cases of dengue fever on the Big Island.

Officials declined to release further information on the cases, including whether the two people traveled recently.

The state expects to get results on the cases by the end of the week.

Separately, the state Department of Health has dispatched vector control agents to the Big Island. Dengue fever is spread by mosquitoes.

So far this year, there have been 13 confirmed cases of dengue fever in Hawaii.

There were 14 in 2014, and 10 in 2013.

Health officials say many of the cases were linked to people who had traveled outside the islands recently to areas where dengue fever is more common.

The symptoms of dengue fever include a sudden onset of fever, severe headaches, eye, joint, and muscle pain, and rash. The rash typically appears on the hands, arms, legs and feet three to four days after the fever begins.

The symptoms usually go away within one to two weeks.

There’s no cure for dengue fever. Typically, doctors suggest bed rest and acetaminophen.

How can you keep from getting dengue fever?

Here are tips from the Health Department:

  • When traveling to areas that have dengue fever, try to avoid exposure to mosquitoes. 
  • Use mosquito netting over beds, and screens on windows and doorways.
  • Use mosquito repellents and wear appropriate clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and long pants that reduce exposure to mosquito bites.
  • Mosquitoes are drawn to dark colors; so if possible, wear white or light colored clothing when you are likely to be exposed to biting mosquitoes.

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