The Secret the tourist industry isn’t telling you about traveling to Hawaii.
What is dengue fever?
As of 2-19-2016, 259 cases have been confirmed.
State of emergency declared in Hawaiian dengue fever outbreak
Is the tourist industry advising visitors of the dengue fever outbreak in Hawaii?
No one wants to discuss it. It’s a case of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. Hotels and car rental companies are under no obligation to impart the information. The news isn’t widely broadcast on mainland media, and a search at the CDC website shows no alerts.
What can you do before traveling to Hawaii?
- Bring mosquito repellent and mosquito coils with you and use them. You might not be able to find them in local stores.
- Wear long pants and sleeves in early morning and evening, when mosquito activity is at its greatest. Not ideal in a tropical climate, but if you’re worried about being bit, it is a good defense.
- Ask your hotel about current conditions and which, if any, beaches are closed.
What to do if you’re a resident of Hawaii
- Removing standing water, a favorite breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Fix leaky faucets and outdoor hoses that drip water.
- Clear gutters
- Repair screens to keep mosquitoes out
- Dispose of old tires, which can collect rain water.
- Keep updated by checking health.hawaii.gov
Proactive mosquito control measures and public awareness will diminish this outbreak.
The question remains, is it over?
And if not, will the tourist industry continue to keep our visitors in the dark?