Hawaii likely to reopen Waipio Valley after dengue scare

Hawaii likely to reopen Waipio Valley after dengue scare

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii officials are considering reopening Waipio Valley to the public now that the Big Island's dengue fever outbreak seems to be subsiding.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira says he might know Friday whether the valley is safe to reopen after limiting access for two months.

Waipio Valley, known for its taro farms, tall waterfalls and lush forests, is the only public area where access is still restricted because of the outbreak.

The last confirmed case of the mosquito-borne dengue fever there was Feb. 1. Oliveira says the visitor ban will be lifted if pending test results come back negative.

Residents and tour operators say reopening the valley would be a huge relief, allowing them to lead tours and graze animals there.

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