Hawaii officials warn of possible mosquito-borne illness

WAILUKU — The Hawaii Department of Health has notified a Maui neighborhood of a suspected case of a mosquito-borne illness near their residences.

The Maui News reported Thursday that the case involves a resident with a suspected illness acquired while traveling internationally.

Spokeswoman Janice Okubo says in an email that the health department expects test results within days.

The department issued about 80 letters to residents in a Kahului neighborhood after officials were notified of the case within 200 yards (183 meters) of their homes.

Okubo would not provide the exact streets involved to protect the patient’s identity.

Okubo says the Nov. 8 letters are part of the department’s protocol and preventative action.

The notice asks residents to eliminate standing water around their homes and try to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.


Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com

  1. harry oyama November 15, 2019 3:23 pm Reply

    So what type of mosquito bite illness are Garden Island talking about? Is it the Nile virus?

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