State and CDC testing mosquito traps in Kona

State and CDC testing mosquito traps in Kona

KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be out in the fields in Kona this week to set traps and collect mosquito samples.

The efforts are part of the fight against the dengue fever outbreak, and comes as the number of dengue cases on the Big Island reached 145.

The CDC is using the traps to gather more data about the mosquitoes -- and the virus.

"The BG trap is actually collecting mosquitoes that is looking for a host to bite and they are attracted to the trap visually with the black sock around it," said Ryan Hemme, of the CDC. "So they are actually looking for a host. Potentially someplace to hide. And they get sucked into the trap, by a fan that's powered by a battery."

Another trap has a sticky interior to trap mosquitoes hoping to lay their eggs.

Once collected, testing is done on the mosquitoes to see if they're infected with dengue.

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