7 Mar 2017

Dengue in American Samoa sparks emergency

From , 4:03 pm on 7 March 2017

The acting American Samoa Governor, Lemanu Peleti Mauga, has declared a public health emergency following the confirmation of 3 people with dengue fever by the Hawaii State Laboratory.

There were also two confirmed cases of dengue in the months of November and December last year.

Suspected cases as on the middle of February stood at 30.

Don Wiseman asked our correspondent in Pago Pago, Monica Miller, what prompted the government to declare it a public health emergency.


Mosquito Photo: RNZ