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9 new cases of dengue fever bring outbreak total to 65

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Authorities are confirming nine new cases of dengue fever on Hawaii Island, bringing the total number of people who have fallen ill in the outbreak to 65.

The cases include 17 children, and 10 visitors.

Dengue fever is transmitted by mosquitoes, spurring the state Health Department to spray areas of Hawaii Island where dengue fever has been reported.

The outbreak started Sept. 11, and the new total includes cases reported through Nov. 10. 

The Health Department is asking Hawaii Island residents to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, which include getting rid of standing water and wearing insect repellent. 

Dengue fever is a virus, and is not endemic to the islands.

For more information on dengue fever, go to health.hawaii.gov or call the Department of Health at 974-6001. 

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