Health Dept. Hosts Dengue Fever Meetings in E. Maui
By Wendy Osher
State and county authorities are taking proactive steps to prevent the spread of dengue fever on Maui after two unconfirmed cases were reported in Keanae. Although the cases are still pending confirmation, efforts are being taken to clear standing water and debris where mosquitoes could breed.
Dr. Lorrin Pang from the Health Department is also hosting community meetings in east Maui beginning this weekend to inform residents of mitigating measures.
The meeting dates and times are as follows:
- Nahiku Community – Saturday, April 9, at 1 pm at the Nahiku Church Pavilion
- Keanae – Saturday, April 9, 3 pm at the Keanae Church
- Hana Community – Tuesday, April 12, at 6 pm at Helene Hall
So far there are only four confirmed cases of locally-transmitted dengue fever in the state—all were adults living in Pearl City on Oahu. Over the last two weeks, the Department of health has received 42 reports suspected cases, 13 of which have been ruled out.
Hawaii experienced an outbreak of dengue fever 10 years ago in 2001, with the largest concentration of cases reported in East Maui. The outbreak was brought under control within eight months following an extensive mosquito control effort to clear standing water and dispose of items that collect water.