Fever in Paradise

Fever in Paradise


I’m Gabe Garza with today’s health news. The
spread of the infamous Zika virus is causing concern around the world. Hawaii, however,
has other problems. According to a press release issued by Reuters, the mayor of Hawaii’s
big island, declared a state of emergency on February 8 in response to a growing outbreak
of dengue fever. More than 250 cases of dengue fever have been confirmed since October, making
this the largest outbreak in Hawaii since the 1940s. Dengue fever, which causes flu-like
symptoms, is spread from human to human via infected mosquitoes. It is the leading cause
of illness and death in the tropics and sub-tropics, according to the CDC. There is not yet a vaccine
to prevent Dengue fever. According to the CDC, the most effective way to prevent infection
is to avoid mosquito bites by applying mosquito repellent, wearing protective clothing and
using netting over infant cribs and carriers.

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