Mosquitoes in Hawaii
Aedes aegypti is one of Hawaii’s most common mosquito species noted by black and white spots. It is very invasive and found on all islands. It can spread several diseases, including Zika virus, yellow fever virus, and dengue virus. So far only dengue has been reported in Hawaii. You can avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and pants in the morning and evening hours and by using insect repellant containing DEET, such as Cutter 54010 Skinsations 6-Ounce Insect Repellent Pump Spray 7-Percent DEET, Case Pack of 1.
I also love Cutter All Family 15 Count Insect Repellent Mosquito Wipes 7.15% DEET HG-95838 because you can toss the wipes into your carry on luggage or purse, and you don’t have to worry about TSA toiletry screening or spills. The wipes also work great on squirmy kids, and they make it easy to protect hard-to-reach body parts like ankles and behind knees.
Disease Outbreaks in Hawaii
The only reported cases of Zika in Hawaii come from travelers infected elsewhere. The virus is not endemic to Hawaii, and for now, there are no known cases of local transmission. But the mosquito species that spread Zika thrive in Hawaii’s tropical climate, so the potential is there. If you are pregnant or concerned, take extra care to avoid bites.
The most recent outbreak of dengue fever occurred in 2015-16, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health. The Big Island was most effected, and 263 cases were reported. Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species the virus, mainly in windward and muaka areas.