Health department confirms dengue case linked to travel on Oahu

Health department confirms dengue case linked to travel on Oahu

The state Health Department in Hawaii has confirmed a third case of travel-related dengue this year. These cases, along with several others from last year, involve individuals who recently traveled to regions where dengue is known to be spread. The newest case was reported on Oahu, following cases on the same island on Jan. 31 and on Maui on Feb. 9.

While Hawaii does have mosquitoes that can carry dengue, the disease is not considered established or endemic in the state. Cases are currently only seen in travelers who have visited regions with known dengue outbreaks around the world. These regions include Central and South America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Pacific Islands, U.S. territories, and the Caribbean.

Travelers to areas with a risk of dengue should be aware of the symptoms, which may include fever, nausea, vomiting, rash, and body aches lasting two to seven days. While most people recover within a week, severe cases can occur. It is important for travelers to follow country-specific guidance on dengue risk and prevention measures four to six weeks before traveling.

Upon returning from a dengue-risk area, individuals should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites for three weeks. If any symptoms of dengue appear within two weeks of returning, seeking medical evaluation is advised. The DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division website provides more information on mosquito-borne diseases for those seeking further information.

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