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.

IN THE NEWS:

March 2016

Zika Virus Infection

To date, there have been no cases of locally-acquired Zika virus infections in Hawaii. For more information on Zika, go here.

 
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.