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Hookena Beach Park Closed To Reduce Spread of Dengue Fever

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Hawai‘i Department of Health
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Vector control workers from the Hawai‘i Department of Health are spraying areas on the Big Island to reduce the spread of dengue fever.

The state Department of Health has confirmed 4 more people have dengue fever. That brings the total up to 15 cases on Hawai‘i Island. It’s prompted Hawai‘i County to close Hookena Beach Park in Captain Cook. Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira says it’s the first time the county has closed a beach in response to dengue fever.

State health officials say there’s evidence that links the area to some of the dengue fever cases. Oliveira says county parks crews will check the grounds for standing water and will spray for mosquitos. Hookena Beach Park will remain closed until further notice.

The Hawaii Department of Health recommends the following tips to avoid dengue fever:

  • When traveling to areas that have dengue fever, try to avoid exposure to mosquitoes. Aedes mosquitoes are usually most active in the early morning hours after daybreak, in the late afternoon before dark, and any time during the day when indoors or in shady areas.
  • Use mosquito netting over beds, and screens on windows and doorways.
  • Use mosquito repellents and wear appropriate clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and long pants that reduce exposure to mosquito bites.
  • Mosquitoes are drawn to dark colors; so if possible, wear white or light colored clothing when you are likely to be exposed to biting mosquitoes.

More information on dengue fever can be found here.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon joined HPR in May 2012 as an intern for the morning talk show The Conversation. She has since worn a variety of hats around the station, doing everything from board operator to producer.
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