HILO, Hawaii – Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator Darryl Oliveira presented the latest information on the coordinated response to the dengue fever outbreak on the Big Island during a special meeting of the Hawaii County Council on Wednesday, March 2.
Oliveira’s message was cautiously optimistic. The number of dengue fever cases counted by health officials since the outbreak began in September has held at 260 for a week. The most recent onset of the disease was on February 13, according to Oliveira.
A new risk map published by the state Department of Health shows there are no longer any red, or “high risk”, areas on the Big Island, with Kailua-Kona now considered a “moderate risk”. Even the areas of “some risk”, marked by yellow, are smaller and fewer in number.