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Maui officials step up fight against mosquito-borne diseases

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Maui health officials plan to drive along a scenic coastal highway with a giant water-gun spraying trees with diluted detergent to kill mosquito larvae.

They're stepping up the fight against mosquito-borne diseases like the Zika virus and dengue fever. And they're handing out bug spray along popular Hana Highway.

Maui County Health Officer Lorrin Pang said Friday there have been no local transmissions of the diseases on Maui. But he says they're getting more calls to investigate potential cases.

Maui officials are tracking disease incidents on a digital map and they're producing a monthly video on cable television to inform the public.

Pang says an outbreak of dengue fever on Hawaii's Big Island prompted Maui officials to take proactive steps. The outbreak, which ended in April, sickened more than 260 people.

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