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State fights dengue fever with 'Fight the Bite' initiative

OAHU, Hawaii (AP) - The state has launched a campaign to spread awareness to dengue fever as the number of confirmed cases on the Big Island continues to climb.

West Hawaii Today reports the state Department of Health confirmed six more cases of the mosquito-borne disease Tuesday, bringing the total number of recent cases acquired on the island to 33. Officials have responded with a "Fight the Bite" initiative to provide the public with more information on the potentially fatal disease and ways to prevent it from spreading.

Health officials held a meeting Monday in Captain Cook, the region where most sick people may have become infected, to inform residents of what was being done to combat the outbreak.

The department has coordinated its prevention efforts with county and government agencies.

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