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Chancellor’s Message: UH Hilo response to dengue fever outbreak, updated Nov. 20

The Department of Health has not confirmed any cases that would directly impact the campus, but in the meantime there are things you can do to protect yourself.

Nov. 20, 2015

Aloha,

Hilo sealThe outbreak of dengue fever continues on Hawai‘i Island. The Hawai‘i Department of Health reports that the number of cases is still increasing and they occur throughout the island, including the Hilo area. The mosquitoes that carry the dengue virus occur in Hilo and on the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus. The virus is only transmitted to humans by mosquito bites.

Mosquitoes breed in standing water. UH Hilo staff continue to monitor campus to eliminate situations on campus that accumulate standing water, such as open containers, clogged gutters and persistent puddles. They are also checking window screens to locate holes to repair. Open doors are a way mosquitoes can enter buildings and we ask you to help by always keeping building doors closed.

The Department of Health has not confirmed any cases that would directly impact the campus, but in the meantime there are things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts, light colors are best.
  • Use insect repellent.
  • Avoid areas were mosquitoes are present.

If you see situations on campus with standing water, we encourage you to help by informing UH Hilo Auxiliary Services by email uhhauxsv[at]hawaii.edu, call (808) 932-7009, or via a work order request.

See the Hawai‘i Department of Health website on Dengue Fever for more information. Posted there are more detailed instructions on preventative measures and updates on reported cases.

As the outbreak continues, we will issue additional campus updates.

Be safe.

Don Straney

This post was updated to correct proper contact for Auxiliary Services.

Complete archive of messages on dengue at UH Hilo Stories website.

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