State reports 5 new cases of dengue fever, bringing total to 117 - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

State reports 5 new cases of dengue fever, bringing total to 117

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii health officials have confirmed five new cases of dengue fever, bringing the total number of cases reported to 117.

Of the confirmed cases, 103 are Hawaii Island residents and 29 are minors.

The dengue fever outbreak began Sept. 11, and has so far been confined to Hawaii Island.

Hawaii Department of Health officials also said that 227 reported illnesses have been ruled out as dengue fever.

Dengue fever is transmitted by mosquitoes, and so health officials have urged residents to take precautions by getting rid of standing water and using insect repellent. 

The new total comes as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team is in Honolulu to work with the state on efforts to stem the outbreak.

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