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Dengue Fever Outbreak Hits Hawaii

04/03/2011 Leave a comment

By Charles Simmins – “Hawaii has become the second U.S. state to have discovered an outbreak of locally acquired dengue fever. Florida has been combating its own local outbreak since September 2009. The Hawaii Department of Health reported on March 24 it had discovered two cases and suspected two more. Since then, KGMB reports four confirmed and 12 suspected cases. Florida saw 85 locally acquired cases in 2009 and 2010.

Dengue Fever and its far more serious variant, dengue hemorrhagic fever, are transmitted from patient to patient by the bite of a mosquito. The Asian Tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and the Yellow Fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) are the two primary vectors for the illness in the United States. Both mosquitoes are highly adapted to living around humans and are day feeders. The Asian Tiger mosquito has even evolved to a slower rate of beating its wings, which reduces the whine or hum typically noticed by people when mosquitoes are near.”  Read more.

 

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