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Confirmed travel-related case of dengue reported in Hawaii

The Hawaii State Health Department has confirmed a case of travel-related dengue on Oahu. This case, along with several others from the previous year, involves individuals who recently traveled to countries where dengue is common. Despite Hawaii having mosquitoes capable of carrying dengue, the disease is not established or endemic in the state, with cases currently limited to travelers.

The most recent locally acquired case of dengue in Hawaii dates back to 2016. Dengue outbreaks are known to happen in various parts of the world, including Central and South America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, certain Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean.

Dengue symptoms include a sudden onset of fever, nausea, vomiting, rash, and body aches, usually lasting for two to seven days. While severe cases are possible, most individuals recover within about a week.

The Hawaii State Health Department recommends taking precautions when traveling to regions with reported dengue cases and emphasizes the importance of reducing mosquito breeding areas at home to minimize the risk of transmission.

To prevent dengue spread, it’s essential to eliminate mosquito breeding sites, such as buckets, water-collecting plants, planters, rain barrels, and outdoor cups, by pouring out containers of standing water. For more information on mosquito-borne diseases, individuals can refer to the Disease Outbreak Control Division website of the Hawaii State Health Department.

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