2 May 2016

Outbreak of flu cases in American Samoa

7:30 am on 2 May 2016

American Samoa is experiencing an outbreak of flu cases which has prompted the Department of Health to issue health warnings.

LBJ hospital, American Samoa

LBJ hospital, American Samoa Photo: RNZI

The LBJ Hospital's Emergency Room has been filled with patients with symptoms of the flu after two weeks of wet weather.

The Director of Health, Motusa Tuileama Nua, said those affected should avoid contact with others and practice good hygiene such as regularly washing hands.

The Director said if people's symptoms didn't go away after three days or if conditions worsened patients should seek medical attention at any health centre or the hospital.