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Friday, March 25, 2011

US : DOH confirms two cases of dengue fever on Oahu (Hawaii)

An article from Khon 2, dengue reports coming out of the island Hawaii :

" The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is investigating two confirmed cases and two suspected cases of Oahu residents who became ill with dengue fever in late February. All four adults have recovered and are no longer ill. Based on the ongoing investigation, the four cases appear to be related and were infected near their homes by mosquitoes.

“The Department of Health immediately began precautionary measures by conducting additional testing, surveying and developing a mosquito control plan for the specific areas where these four individuals were likely infected,” said Interim Health Director Loretta Fuddy. “We need the public’s help to clean up mosquito breeding areas throughout Oahu by emptying all standing water, and checking gutters and other areas that collect water.”

The DOH sent out a medical alert to Oahu physicians earlier this week advising them to consider potential dengue infection in persons with compatible symptoms, request appropriate laboratory testing, and report all suspected cases to the DOH."

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