Local Connection: Fight the Bite

Local Connection: Fight the Bite!

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Department of Health has identified multiple cases of dengue fever. You can prevent an outbreak by helping us Fight the Bite!

Mosquitos that can carry dengue breed in standing water. No standing water means no mosquitos.

Some ways to get rid of standing water is to throw out old tires and trash, clean out gutters, empty flower pots. Spray soapy water on plants that hold water, like bromeliads.

If mosquitos can't find a puddle, you won't find them.

Another way to eliminate dengue fever is to not get bitten by an infected mosquito.

Apply insect repellent with DEET or Picaridin when you're outdoors and use indoor insecticides if mosquitoes are present in your home.

Repair screens and to keep mosquitoes out.

Wear light-colored clothing, long pants, long-sleeve shirts and socks.

Avoid being in areas with lots of mosquitoes or going outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

By working together we can bring an end to dengue in Hawai'i and protect our community from any future introductions of dengue.

Please join us in coming together as a community to "Fight the Bite."

For more tips visit health-dot-hawaii-dot-gov or call 2-1-1

Follow the Department of Health on Facebook and Twitter

And join the conversation online by using the hashtag #FightTheBite

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