BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will meet with Hawaii and national leaders this week to discuss the two mosquito-borne illnesses that are raising concerns across the state.
On Wednesday morning, Gabbard will meet with state legislators to discuss dengue fever outbreak efforts and Zika virus prevention. The following morning, she will host a roundtable at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine where she will talk with national and local academic experts on how to eliminate and prevent dengue fever as well as protection from the Zika virus.
Last Friday, Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation to fight the viruses, which Gabbard supported. The Big Island is currently dealing with the largest dengue fever outbreak, with 256 confirmed cases there. Meanwhile, there aren't any locally-acquired cases of Zika – a virus linked to a serious birth defect called microcephaly – in Hawaii, but officials are still concerned about how the state will respond.