28 Apr 2016

Suspected Zika cases in American Samoa top 500

10:12 am on 28 April 2016
zika mosquito

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The number of suspected Zika cases in American Samoa has topped 500.

It represents a steady rise, with the Department of Health reporting 400 suspected cases just a month ago.

As of last week, there were 510 cases of patients presenting with symptoms of the mosquito-born disease at the territory's LBJ hospital and at community health centres.

The number of blood samples from suspected cases which were sent off island for testing totalled 115, of which 52 are from pregnant women.

The number of confirmed Zika cases remains at fourteen.

The number of pregnant women confirmed to have contracted Zika has not increased for several weeks and remains at 6.

Outbreak of flu in American Samoa

American Samoa is experiencing an outbreak of influenza or flu like cases which seems to be spreading on a large scale.

While no figures were released, the Department of Health was tracking a rapid rise in people with flu-like symptoms.

The LBJ Hospital's emergency room has been full with patients with symptoms including sore throat, fever, cough, body aches and runny nose.

Pago Pago, American Samoa

Pago Pago, American Samoa Photo: Wikipedia

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