New case of dengue fever reported on Hawaii Island

New case of dengue fever reported on Hawaii Island

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the first time in two weeks, health officials have identified a new case of dengue fever on Hawaii Island.

The case brings the total number who people sickened in the outbreak to 261.

The case is potentially infectious to mosquitoes. All others are no longer infectious.

Of the total confirmed cases, 236 are Hawaii Island residents and 25 are visitors; 46 have been children.

As of Thursday, a total of 1,440 reported potential cases have been excluded based on test results or because they didn't meet case criteria.

The outbreak, which started Sept. 11, is the largest since statehood.

The second-largest outbreak was in 2001, and included 122 confirmed cases were reported.

Dengue fever is transmitted to humans when they are bit by infected mosquitoes. The symptoms usually include a sudden onset of fever, severe headaches, rash and eye, joint and muscle pain.

No other locally-acquired dengue fever cases have been reported on any other islands.

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