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Hawaii Facing Rise in Dengue Fever Cases

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Hawaii Facing Rise in Dengue Fever Cases

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 -- Do your winter travel plans include Hawaii? You may want to pack bug repellent, experts say. That's because the Big Island of Hawaii is facing an outbreak of dengue fever -- a mosquito-borne virus that can cause terrible headache and crushing pain in the muscles and joints. State health officials have confirmed 122 cases of dengue fever on the Big Island since mid-September, including 106 local residents and 16 visitors to the island. One other case has been reported on the island of Oahu, but health officials say it was not locally transmitted and is...

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Why 10 cases of dengue fever in Hawaii are much scarier than the rest

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Why 10 cases of dengue fever in Hawaii are much scarier than the rest

Hawaiian mosquitoes have been busy it seems. Local health authorities just confirmed 10 new cases of dengue fever, an excruciating disease nicknamed “breakbone fever.” That brings the total to 23 so far this year. There’s something especially worrisome about these new 10 cases, though: They came from the bites of local mosquitoes. This ups the risk of an epidemic—an ominous prospect for a state that earns nearly a fifth of its GDP from tourism. After the first dengue cases were confirmed in a 2001 epidemic that tore through the island of Maui, the average number of daily visitors fell 30%...

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