Hawaii’s Big Island has been put into an unusual situation, a recent outbreak of dengue fever has raised questions to health authorities in the region.
The mosquito-borne disease is not endemic to Hawaii and authorities are looking deep into the troubling problem.
So far, 117 confirmed cases have been recorded – 29 of those cases are children.
Though both types of mosquitoes that transmit the disease are found in Hawaii, the outbreak itself is a rare occurrence.
A majority of those patients discovered in the outbreak are in fact residents of Hawaii and not vacationers or travelers within the chain of islands.
The state health department believes that the disease may have been brought into the state by an infected traveler, as dengue is not endemic to Hawaii.
When properly diagnosed, dengue can be successfully treated and has a death rate of just 1%.
Many countries like the Philippines have a high rate of death due to mis-diagnosis, as well as a poorly structured health care systems that many do no use or have little means to using.
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