5 Jan 2015

American Samoa flu outbreak continues

6:12 am on 5 January 2015

An influenza outbreak in American Samoa is showing no signs of abating with hospitals and health centres continuing to be inundated with cases.

Department of Health epidemiologist, Scott Anesi, says authorities are seeing a rapid increase in the number of people presenting with flu-like symptoms including fever, sore throat, body aches and a running nose.

Mr Anesi says the department saw 305 cases in the week ending December 21st and that rose to 400 people the following week.

The LBJ Hospital has been crowded with flu patients and people have been waiting for up to three hours to be seen.