BISAC Splash Bash Entertains Hundreds

The Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC) hosted one of its annual events in Na’alehu. The Ka’u Splash Bash, is an event which celebrated community, promoted positive messages, and provided opportunities to enhance family relationships.

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Over 40 community organizations participated in providing the community with resources and family-fun activities. In true style, BISAC had carnival games, entertainment, massive water slides, prom dress distribution, a water balloon battle of over 4000 balloons, and closed the event with a Bubblicious Foam Fest. Hundreds of individuals took part in the event.

BISAC through its events and long standing positive reputation in the community continues to inspire positive changes and helps individuals and families reclaim their lives. “This event was just amazing. To see the community come together in celebration of their families while learning positive messages, made for a very successful event” says BISAC’s CEO, Dr. Hannah Preston-Pita. “We are already gearing up and taking Splash Bash to Kona in October, so come out and join us.”

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Since 1964, BISAC has been inspiring individuals and families to reclaim and enrich their lives in the wake of the ravages of substance abuse and mental health. They offer a continuum of services that are culturally appropriate and aligned with the ever-changing behavioral health field.

For more information about BISAC and all of its programs call 969-9994 or visit www.bisac.org.

Hawaii Health Department Confirms Second Case of Zika

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is investigating another imported case of Zika virus in Hawaii. This is the second case of Zika to be confirmed this year by the department’s State Laboratories Division. The Kauai resident has a history of recent travel to Latin America and may still be infectious. The individual has been advised to keep indoors and stay protected from mosquitoes. No additional information will be made available about this case to respect the privacy of the individual.

microcephalyA Vector Control team will visit the individual’s residence to survey the area for mosquitoes and determine if there is a need to treat the area to reduce any mosquito breeding sites. DOH is coordinating closely with its county partners to assure a targeted and efficient response.

“As Zika continues to spread in multiple regions across the world, we anticipate that we will experience an increase in imported cases and must take precautionary measures to reduce our risk for an outbreak in Hawaii,” said Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler. “There are several simple steps that we can take as a community to accomplish this, such as getting rid of standing water around our homes to reduce mosquito breeding sites and using repellant or protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. It is crucial that we keep these practices top-of-mind as we prepare for travel in and out of the state, especially to areas that may be affected by Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends special precautions for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika. If travel cannot be avoided, women should consult with their healthcare providers first and vigilantly follow steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

For travel guidance, visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.

For information on symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, visit:

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/symptoms/index.html.

For information on Zika and pregnancy, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/index.html.