The quiet of Hawaiian Acres’ back roads was interrupted Monday morning by the steady beep-beep of a U.S. Army High Mobility Engineer Excavator driving back and forth across an open, slightly muddy space surrounded by ohia trees and ferns.
Source: Calling in the big guns; National Guard troops assist in dengue fight | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/calling-big-guns-national-guard-troops-assist-dengue-fight).
Accessed on 03 May 2016, 15:05 hrs, UTC.
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Hawaii Island continues to battle degue fever. This time, Bravo Company, 227 Brigade Engineering Battalion is adding signficant weight in the fight by contributing earth moving equipment, personnel, and teams to find and eradicate mosquito breeding areas. On the equipment side, heavy equipment is being used to locate and remove thousands of old tires, which serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other insect pests. National Guard teams, who were first called to help out during last year’s lava flow crisis, have returned to 12 sites to remove accumulated tires and trash that could serve as a reservoir for mosquitoes. Hawaii County Environmental Management officials say more than 10,000 tires have been brought to transfer stations for eventual shipment to South Korea for recycling. Although no reported cases of dengue fever have been confirmed since 23 March 2016, health and civil defense officials aren’t taking any chances. Public education and awareness campaigns, such as “Fight the Bite” continue and residents are being reminded to remove standing water from their property.
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