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Gov. Ige extends state of emergency for mosquito-borne illnesses

Gov. David Ige (Image: Hawaii News Now/File) Gov. David Ige (Image: Hawaii News Now/File)
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Gov. David Ige signed a supplemental proclamation Monday afternoon to extend the state's emergency period for mosquito-borne illnesses, including dengue fever, Zika virus and chikungunya.

The emergency proclamation gives the state access to the major disaster fund, and the option of waiving procurement and other laws.

The proclamation is also a requirement prior to requesting and receiving federal assistance should the state exhaust its resources.

The first emergency proclamation was signed by Ige earlier this year in response to the dengue fever outbreak on Hawaii Island and the spread of the Zika virus in South America.

"We have continued to assess and monitor mosquito activity on Hawaii Island since the dengue outbreak is not over yet," said state Health Department Director Dr. Virginia Pressler.

"We have also been responding to multiple imported cases of dengue fever, Zika, and chikungunya across the state. Each time a travel-related case is discovered, we take steps to investigate the case and ensure that they understand proper precautions to take during the infectious period to prevent the disease from spreading."

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