Hawaiʻi Department of Health Confirms Another Case of Travel-Related Zika

March 21, 2016, 2:04 PM HST · Updated March 21, 2:04 PM
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Mosquito bite prevention US. Image credit: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mosquito bite prevention US. Image credit: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health is investigating another imported case of Zika virus in Hawaiʻi. This is the second case of Zika to be confirmed this year by the department’s State Laboratories Division.

Health officials say the most recent case involves a Kauaʻi resident who has a history of recent travel to Latin America and may still be infectious. The individual has been advised to keep indoors and stay protected from mosquitoes. Health officials say no additional information will be made available about this case to respect the privacy of the individual.

A Vector Control team will visit the individual’s residence to survey the area for mosquitoes and determine if there is a need to treat the area to reduce any mosquito breeding sites. DOH is coordinating closely with its county partners to assure a targeted and efficient response.

“As Zika continues to spread in multiple regions across the world, we anticipate that we will experience an increase in imported cases and must take precautionary measures to reduce our risk for an outbreak in Hawaiʻi,” said Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler in a department press release.

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“There are several simple steps that we can take as a community to accomplish this, such as getting rid of standing water around our homes to reduce mosquito breeding sites and using repellent or protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. It is crucial that we keep these practices top-of-mind as we prepare for travel in and out of the state, especially to areas that may be affected by Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends special precautions for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Health officials say pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika. If travel cannot be avoided, women should consult with their healthcare providers first and vigilantly follow steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes, health officials advise.

The public can find more information at the following links on: travel guidance; symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and Zika & pregnancy.

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