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CDC: Visitors shouldn't cancel Hawaii travel because of dengue

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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a dengue fever alert to Hawaii travelers, but officials say the outbreak is relatively small compared to other parts of the world.

CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases Director Dr. Lyle Petersen says while the Big Island outbreak isn't huge, it's unique for Hawaii, where the last major outbreak was in 2001 on Maui.

He also said no one should alter vacation plans because of the outbreak. He said the risk to Hawaii travelers seems minimal.

As of Friday, the number of confirmed cases dengue fever cases on Hawaii Island has grown to 88. The state Department of Health says 75 cases are Hawaii residents and 13 are visitors.

As many as 400 million people worldwide are infected yearly with the viral illness, spread by mosquitoes.

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