State of Emergency Declared in Hawaii over Mosquitoes
Posted by feww on February 13, 2016
Mosquitoes Become Enemy No. 1 in Hawaii
Hawaii Gov. Ige has declared a state of emergency to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, like the dengue outbreak on Hawaii Island.
“There have been no locally acquired Zika cases in the U.S. or Hawai‘i, and we’d like to keep it that way,” said Ige in a statement. “This is about getting in front of the situation across the state. I will be coordinating planning efforts with the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency, all county mayors and Civil Defense coordinators.”
The Department of Health has identified a new case of dengue fever, bringing the total to 255 since the outbreak began in September 2015. “On Hawai‘i Island, dengue fever cases continue to be fewer and farther between. However, the battle is not over and state continues to focus resources to break the cycle of dengue fever infection and transmission,” officials said.
Dengue Fever and Zika virus (ZIKV) share the same vector, mosquitoes of Aedes species (A. Aegypti & A. albopictus), and public health officials are concerned ZIKV could make its way to the Aloha State.
The same mosquitoes are also responsible for the spread chikungunya viruses.
FIRE-EARTH expects the Gulf of Mexico Border States to also declare states of emergency over the mosquitoes in the near future.
- ZIKV Infection: Local Transmission in United States February 13, 2016
- State of Emergency Declared in Hawaii over Dengue Fever February 9, 2016