MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Hawaii confirms four cases of dengue fever

Four cases of dengue fever have been confirmed in Hawaii over the past few weeks.

The Hawaii Department of Health announced recently that it has confirmed four cases of locally-transmitted dengue fever since March 24, according to the Associated Press.

All four of the cases were adults who were believed to have been infected near their homes in Pearl City on the island of Oahu. Three of the four are members of the same family and one is a neighbor. Since infection, all four have recovered. The department is monitoring 12 additional suspected cases.

Hawaii public health officials have alerted physicians to order lab tests and report any more suspected cases, according to

The state has since sent investigators to Pearl City to take blood samples and monitor the mosquito population. Hawaii recently reduced its mosquito control measures due to severe budget cuts, the AP reports.

The confirmed cases are part of the first known locally-contracted outbreak of dengue fever in Hawaii since 2001. During that outbreak, 153 people were infected. The worst recorded outbreak of dengue fever in Hawaii occurred at the end of World War II, when 1,400 people were infected.

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. Symptoms include headache, fever, skin rash and sometimes even hemorrhage and seizures.