Hawaiian governor declares State of Emergency over Dengue fever outbreak

Hawaiian governor declares State of Emergency over Dengue fever outbreak

Over 250 confirmed cases

Dengue fever is, like Zika virus, carried by mosquitoes. And this year, a huge outbreak of dengue fever has raised serious fears in Hawaii, where Zika virus is also present. Dengue fever is rare in Hawaii, although outbreaks have occurred in the past - but never to this extent, with over 250 confirmed cases, 46 of which are children.

Hawaiian residents hope that Federal emergency funds released to help combat dengue fever will also help combat the spread of Zika virus, which is poised to become the next big global pandemic.

Dengue virus may be somewhat rare in Hawaii, but that is certainly not the case in the rest of the world, where 400 million people are infected with it at any given time. The disease is endemic to Puerto Rico, where an estimated 95% of the population has been infected with it at one point in their lives.

Dengue fever is colloquially known as "breakbone fever," due to the incredible pain suffered by its victims.