HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - With the number of locally-contracted cases of dengue fever growing on the Big Island, the Hawaii County Civil Defense is holding meetings over the next couple weeks to brief the public on the most recent cases and to offer safety tips to prevent getting infected.
Public information meetings will be held at the following locations:
- Monday, Nov. 9 at the Yano Hall in Kona
- Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Naalehu Community Center
- Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Konawaena High Cafeteria
- Friday, Nov. 13 at the Hohokaa High Cafeteria
- Monday, Nov. 16 at the Hilo High Cafeteria
- Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the Keaau High Cafeteria
All meetings will start at 6 p.m.
As of Friday, there were 23 confirmed cases of dengue fever on the Big Island, including 15 residents and eight visitors across multiple areas of the island.
The only mode of transmitting dengue fever, a virus not endemic to Hawaii, can only be transmitted through bites from infected mosquitoes and not from person to person, health officials say.
For more information, call the state Department of Health at (808) 974-4000 ext. 68362 or click here.