Stay Informed: Mosquito-borne Diseases
One of Hawaii’s smallest creatures is one of our biggest health threats. Mosquitoes can carry diseases that could cause serious illnesses. People can become infected with Zika, dengue, or chikungunya after being bitten by an infected mosquito. By understanding how to control mosquito breeding areas and to protect from being bitten, we can help prevent these diseases from coming to and spreading here in Hawaii.
Hawaii has a variety of biting mosquitoes, some that bite in the day and others that bite at night. We also have a year-round mosquito season, which puts us at risk if a mosquito-borne disease arrives in our state.
Zika, dengue, and chikungunya are transmitted by the day-biting Aedes (Stegomyia) mosquitoes. Aedes albopictus may be found on all islands, while Aedes aegypti has only been documented and confirmed in some areas on the Big Island. Studies by the Hawaii State Department of Health and its partners are ongoing to map the locations of these mosquitoes to better protect people from the viruses they spread.