Move over, Zika. Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi decared a state of emergency over dengue fever, a virus that’s transferred by mosquitoes – and as part of the government response, the local landfill has announced it would start accepting tires. “The state of emergency will suspend the law that prohibits tires being accepted at county landfills as a means of effectively controlling and eliminating the dengue fever virus,” Big Island Now reported.
Tires collect water and serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The news outlet reported 250 individuals were diagnosed with dengue since Friday, and three of those are still considered “potentially infectious” by health officials, Big Island Now reported. FULL REPORT