April 12, 2016
We wanted to share with you an announcement made today by Hawaii Gov. David Ige that he has signed a supplemental emergency proclamation extending the period for the State to have access to special funding, if needed, to prevent a further outbreak of dengue fever or onset of other locally acquired mosquito-borne illnesses.
As you may recall, Gov. Ige announced the original proclamation on Feb. 12 in a press conference at which HTA President and CEO George Szigeti participated and assured the travel industry that this was a preventive measure and should not cause anyone to alter their travel plans to Hawaii.
That is still the case with this supplemental proclamation. The period for the original proclamation was due to expire and the governor smartly extended the timeframe to ensure emergency funding sources would continue to be available, if needed.
There have been only two reported cases of Zika, both of which were brought to Hawaii by individuals who got infected overseas. Neither is infectious and there is no threat to Zika spreading to others.
Click here for the official release by the Department of Defense, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.
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