Lonely Planet Writer

Hawaii's Big Island in state of emergency over dengue fever

On Monday officials on Hawai’i the Big Island declared a state of emergency due to an outbreak of dengue fever, a mosquito-born disease that has infected 250 people in the last several months.

Hawai'i's Big Island declares state of emergency over dengue fever.
Hawai’i’s Big Island declares state of emergency over dengue fever. Image by John Tann / CC BY 2.0

Officials say it’s the biggest dengue outbreak since the 1940s. For now, the state of emergency is limited to the Big Island. Governor David Ige says he won’t issue a statewide emergency unless dengue spreads to the other islands. The Hawaii Tourism Authority issued a statement urging potential visitors not to change their plans as a result of the declaration, noting that only 24 visitors have been infected and most of the infections have occurred in rural areas. Symptoms of dengue fever are similar to the flu, but serious cases can lead to deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever.

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