State closes land near Milolii because of dengue outbreak


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HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Big Island's ongoing dengue fever outbreak is prompting officials to close state lands near Milolii village and Honomalino Bay.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Friday the closure is necessary for public safety because experts are calling Miolii a dengue fever outbreak "hotspot."

The announcement comes after county officials closed Milolii Beach Park so that crews can conduct mosquito control and pesticide treatments.

Officials say that as of Thursday, there are 180 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease across the island.

Officials say it's safe to travel to Hawaii Island. They say people can reduce their risk of infection by wearing mosquito repellant and covering up with long clothing.

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