State renews fight against mosquito-borne diseases

State renews fight against mosquito-borne diseases
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Janelle Guerrero-Miguel

The state has relaunched their "Fight the Bite" public awareness campaign in an effort to fight against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

All four county mayors gathered together at the governor's office on Thursday to kick-off the $250,000 campaign to build awareness about mosquito-borne disease prevention.

This is especially important as many visitors come to and leave the islands during the summer months.

After learning from last year's dengue fever outbreak on the Big Island, leaders are renewing their efforts to prevent the spread of the Zika virus and Chikungunya.

"As a result, the State and the State Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, the County Emergency Management agencies and Department of Health has put together a draft, a comprehensive state plan in combating Mosquito-borne diseases," said Vern Miyagi, Director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

All four mayors emphasized the importance of community involvement in preventing the spread of harmful diseases.

"We all know what works. It's cooperation, collaboration, and collective effort," said Billy Kenoi, Mayor of Hawaii County.

The new campaign includes: PSAs, bus placards, and other materials which will list ways to protect yourself and others from contracting these diseases.

Governor David Ige issued a proclamation making the week of June 26-July 2 "Mosquito Control Awareness Week."

Health officials say there are no Chinkungunya cases in Hawaii right now.

There have been 10 dengue and five Zika cases in the past six months, but all the patients contracted the viruses overseas.

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