Hawaii's Dengue Fever Outbreak Spreading In Time For Tourism Season
After confirming 139 cases of dengue fever, Hawaii's Department of Health is now warning residents and tourists to be aware.By Katie Link | December 7, 2015
If you're headed to sunny Hawaii this winter, you may want to pack some bug spray. Health authorities recently published a warning to residents and travelers that dengue fever cases are on the rise, and just in time for the peak tourism season.
As of Monday, 122 residents and 17 tourists on Hawaii Island, also known as the Big Island, had contracted the virus, which spreads through bites from infected mosquitoes.
But mosquitoes carrying dengue fever are pretty uncommon in Hawaii. Usually they're found in tropical areas in Asia, Africa and the South Pacific. Authorities think an infected person traveled to the islands and was then bitten by a mosquito there, which sparked the outbreak.