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ATTENTION: This is a news report about the ongoing outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). For comprehensive and updated information about this outbreak, see our 2019-nCoV advisories page. For more recent news items about 2019-nCoV, see our latest updates on the news page.  ORIGINAL NEWS ITEM: Health officials in China, along with the US Centers for ...
Read More CDC issues warning about pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China caused by novel coronavirus

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is advising travelers to be on alert for measles as international outbreaks around the Pacific and elsewhere continue to increase. This year, there were four reported cases of travel-related measles in Hawai‘i including three visitors and one resident. In 2018, there were no reported cases of measles in the ...
Read More DOH issues advisory for Hawaii travelers due to measles outbreaks abroad

Update: Since this news item was posted, the death toll from the measles outbreak in Samoa has risen to at least 63. Original new item: A measles epidemic that has swept through the Pacific island nation of Samoa since October has claimed 25 lives, all but one of them children. A total of 2,200 cases have ...
Read More Measles outbreak in Samoa leads to 25 deaths so far

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health’s (DOH) annual Stop Flu at School program began this week and will continue in 185 public schools statewide through Nov. 27, 2019. The voluntary program administers free flu shots to students in kindergarten through eighth grade who are enrolled at participating schools. Approximately 31,500 students are expected to be vaccinated ...
Read More Annual Stop Flu at School vaccination clinics begin statewide

September is National Preparedness Month (smack in the middle of hurricane season). Across the country, government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with non-profit organizations and NGOs, are coming together to encourage year-round personal and community preparedness for disasters, disease outbreaks, and ...
Read More September is National Preparedness Month

In Hawai‘i, one person dies by suicide every two days in our state, which is why the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention System Branch, in partnership with the Prevent Suicide Hawai‘i Task Force, is announcing a series of community events open to the public in recognition of Suicide Prevention ...
Read More Public invited to events statewide during Suicide Prevention Month in September

The World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the year-old Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be a global health emergency. They note that it is still a regional emergency and not a global threat, but there are serious concerns that have made the battle more urgent. Not only has the outbreak spread ...
Read More WHO declares Ebola outbreak a global health emergency

With the 2019 Central Pacific hurricane season upon us, the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Public Health Nursing Branch has partnered with Longs Drugs (CVS) to provide emergency preparedness guidance and materials at 14 locations across the state. On Monday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., DOH public health nurses will advise shoppers ...
Read More Public Health Nurses to distribute emergency preparedness materials at Longs Drugs across state

June 1 marks the beginning of the Central Pacific hurricane season, which runs until November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Central Pacific Hurricane Center is predicting an above-normal hurricane season in the region for 2019, due to above-average ocean temperatures and a continuing El Niño, which decreases wind shear and allows for ...
Read More Hurricane season begins in the Central Pacific

Influenza can be deadly. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is estimating that, so far, as many as 26,700 flu deaths may have occurred this season. Additionally, there have been 252,000 to 302,000 flu hospitalizations.