PAHOA, Hawaii – Hawaii County officials say an island-wide cleanup is being planned with the goal of getting rid of mosquitoes by taking away their breeding habitat.
Kanani Aton, representing Hawaii County Civil Defense, talked about the Fight The Bite campaign to stop the spread of dengue fever on Hawaii Island during a Puna legislative town hall meeting on Monday evening. Now that a state of emergency has been declared, additional resources can be put towards funding an island-wide cleanup sometime in April, Aton said.
There have been no new cases of dengue fever identified on Hawaii Island for nearly a week. The health department says none of the 260 confirmed cases to date is potentially infectious to mosquitoes.