Hawai declares state of emergency to fight dengue fever and Zika

Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed a statewide emergency proclamation on Friday to fight mosquito-borne illnesses, including dengue fever and Zika.

The measure will give the state access to disaster funds and the option of suspending regulations to expedite its response. It also allows the state to seek federal assistance if it needs additional resources, the governor said in a statement.

“There have been no locally acquired Zika cases in the U.S. or Hawaii, and we’d like to keep it that way,” Ige said. “This is about getting in front of the situation across the state.”

Ige’s statewide proclamation comes days after the Big Island — where an outbreak of dengue has been ongoing for months — declared its own state of emergency.

Previously:

The mayor of Hawaii’s Big Island declared a state of emergency on Monday amid the state’s largest outbreak of dengue fever since the 1940s.

The move comes more than three months after the state Department of Health confirmed the first cases of locally acquired dengue, and less than a week after state and county officials defended the ongoing response against criticism that they had been slow to act.Read More

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