1 new dengue fever case brings total to 93

1 new dengue fever case brings total to 93

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Officials say there are now 93 confirmed cases of dengue fever on Hawaii Island as of Tuesday.

That's up from 88 on Friday.

Of the 93 cases, 80 are Hawaii Island residents and 23 are children.

Meanwhile, for the first time health officials said 143 reported illnesses have been ruled out as dengue fever either because the symptoms didn't match or test results came back negative.

The viral illness, transmitted by mosquitos, has spurred widespread vector control spraying. Over the weekend, crews sprayed on some Big Island school campuses.

The Health Department has also held community meetings, and Hawaii Island Civil Defense has worked to ensure mosquito repellent remains stocked in stores.

The dengue fever outbreak has so far not affected other islands.

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