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Friday, April 15, 2011

US - Hawaii : Suspected dengue cases up

Article from The Maui News :

" East Maui, Upcountry residents affected; precautions advised

HANA - Three new cases of dengue fever are suspected in Hana, along with a possible case in Haliimaile and an additional two or three Upcountry, according to health officials.

In a meeting with Hana residents Tuesday night, Maui District Health Officer Dr. Lorrin Pang said at least one of two cases previously suspected in Keanae had been tentatively confirmed by a laboratory in Hawaii, although he was still waiting for official verification from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab in Puerto Rico.

But he said residents should take steps now to protect themselves and fight back against disease-spreading mosquitoes - not wait the 15 days or longer it could take to get the final test results.

"We're gonna move on this," he said. "The world is so hot with dengue right now. If we didn't get it now, we'd get it next week, so let's just clean this thing up."

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