HAWAII ISLAND – There were no new cases of dengue fever reported by the Hawaii Department of Health today, and Hawaii County Civil Defense says plans are underway to reopen Ho’okena Beach Park by March 1, 2016.
“As there have been no confirmed cases associated with the Hookena Beach Park since November 11th,” stated civil defense in a Friday message, “and with the actions taken to include numerous sprayings and treatments of the beach park, County and Department of Health Officials will be reopening the park for normal use to include camping effective Tuesday March 1st. Everyone is reminded that ensuring the safe and enjoyable use of our park facilities depends on everyone’s help and cooperation. Please use repellent while visiting and enjoying the park and help to keep it clean. If feeling ill, avoid visiting parks and public areas and remain home to prevent transmission of any communicable diseases.”
There have been 260 reported cases of dengue fever on Hawaii Island since the outbreak began in September 2015. Health officials say none of those cases is potentially infectious to mosquitoes, although it is possible mosquitoes may still be carrying the disease.