Dengue Fever Outbreak In Hawaii Causes State Of Emergency

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            The mayor of Hawaii's Big Island has declared a state of emergency to deal with an outbreak of dengue fever, spread by infected mosquitoes, with 250 cases confirmed over the past four months. It’s the largest outbreak in the state since the 1940s, according to the mayor's declaration and Hawaii health officials.

            Dr. Lee Norman is chief medical officer at The University of Kansas Hospital. In the video he talks about why this is significant for the rest of The United States, how people get the disease and how it can be prevented, the symptoms of dengue fever, how it’s diagnosed and the fact that there’s no vaccine or treatment.