Public Should Help To Prevent Mosquito-Borne Diseases

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Mosquito-Borne Diseases

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To date, Hawai'i remains free of Dengue Fever and West Nile Virus, two diseases that are caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. Reducing mosquitoes can help prevent and control these diseases if they enter Hawai'i. The Hawai'i State Department of Health (DOH) is reminding residents to take simple steps to control mosquito populations Bround their home and properties.

Because mosquitoes breed in standing water, the first and best practice is to remove items or places where water collects, such as old tires, empty flower pots, buckets, and old toys.

Sromeliads can collect water in their crowns, but if they are flushed out every week, mosquito larvae can be prevented from hatching. Do far, Hawai'i has been spared most mosquito-borne illness. There was a small outbreak of a dengue Fever in 2001-2002. But it was quickly contained by the State Vector Control Program

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