Disease Outbreak Control Division

The Disease Outbreak Control Division (DOCD) comprises the Disease Investigation Branch, Immunization Branch, and Public Health Preparedness Branch. These programs work together to monitor, investigate, prevent, and control infectious diseases in Hawaii, especially those preventable through immunizations, and to ensure Hawaii’s ability to respond to emergencies that threaten the public’s health. Toward these goals, DOCD works to strengthen the relationships between the Department of Health and other partners including laboratories, hospitals, schools, emergency response agencies, private organizations, and the military.


January 2016

HDOH confirms past Zika infection in baby born with microcephaly

 The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) has received confirmation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of past Zika virus infection in a baby recently born with microcephaly on Oahu.  The mother likely had Zika infection when she was residing abroad in May 2015.  Neither the baby nor the mother are infectious, and there was never a risk of transmission in Hawaii.

To date, no cases of Zika virus have been locally acquired.  HDOH continues to urge all travelers and Hawaii residents to help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases by eliminating mosquito breeding sites and protecting themselves from mosquito bites.

For more information:

HDOH News Release: Hawaii Dept. of Health Receives Confirmation of Zika Infection in Baby Born with Microcephaly

WHO Declares Public Health Emergency of International Concern: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2016/1st-emergency-committee-zika/en/

 For more information on Zika virus disease, go to http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

For Pregnant Women: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/index.html  

For Zika Travel Information: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information

For Health Care Providers: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/hc-providers/index.html

Help Control Mosquitoes that Spread Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika Viruses (pdf):  http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pdfs/control_mosquitoes_chikv_denv_zika.pdf

November 2015

HDOH investigates cluster of dengue fever on the Big Island

The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) is currently investigating a cluster of locally-acquired cases of dengue fever on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Dengue is not endemic in Hawaii, however it is intermittently imported from endemic areas by infected travelers. This is the first cluster of locally-acquired dengue fever since the 2011 outbreak on Oahu.

For more information on dengue fever, click here.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that the risk of travelers importing Ebola from Liberia is low and that Liberia has implemented effective control measures. Therefore, as of Monday, September 21, 2015, CDC will remove the requirements for enhanced screening and monitoring for travelers from Liberia. This means that travelers coming from Liberia to the United States will no longer be required to enter through one of the five selected airports and they will no longer be required to undergo monitoring after arrival.   The entry screening requirements for travelers from Guinea and Sierra Leone, however, will remain in place.

For more information, go here: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)