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To head off spread of dengue, authorities close more areas in Milolii

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KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The state is closing more areas in Milolii to the public, after identifying the small fishing village as a dengue fever hot spot.

On Friday, the state said it would shut down land surrounding the Milolii and Honomalino Bay. The area is prohibited to everyone except residents and essential personnel -- to the vicinity.

The news came a day after state and county experts determined Milolii was a new a hot spot for the dengue fever outbreak. Milolii Beach Park has been closed to the public since Thursday.

The county closed the park because of a cluster of new dengue fever cases there coupled with heavy mosquito activity.

Milolii has a population of only about 300 people and depends on catchment systems for drinking water. Water tanks that are not covered can become major breeding grounds for mosquitoes unless the water is properly treated.

As of Friday, 181 cases of dengue fever on the Big Island have been confirmed -- that's one more than Thursday.

In all, 145 adults and 36 children were infected by the mosquito-born disease. Some fell ill as recently as Sunday.

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