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State roundup for December 14

Person on Maui has dengue fever

WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — The state health department reports that a person on Maui who traveled to another country has developed dengue fever.

The Department of Health said there have been no additional cases.

Agency spokeswoman Janice Okubo says the health department became aware that a person had tested positive for dengue after being contacted by that person’s doctor. Health department officials talked to people in neighboring areas this week and turned up no additional cases. But, they said, it is possible more cases will turn up.

The disease is transmitted through mosquitoes. Dengue fever is not deadly but causes high fever and a rash.

The last major outbreak on Maui occurred in 2001-02 with more than 100 suspected cases.

Oahu updating tsunami plan

HONOLULU (AP) — A half-million dollars will be used to update Oahu’s tsunami evacuation plan.

The Department of Emergency Management says it will begin rolling out the Oahu Emergency Evacuation Plan Project early next year. The project will entail identifying high-risk coastal evacuation areas on Oahu as well as developing a strategy for designating evacuation routes and putting up signs.

Public meetings are planned in high-risk areas to seek input from local residents and organizations as part of the one-year study. The project is being funded by a grant from the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization with matching funding from the city and County of Honolulu.


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