14 Nov 2018

American Samoa contains dengue outbreak

From , 4:03 pm on 14 November 2018

An epidemiologist at American Samoa's Department of Health says he's confident the territory's eighteen month long dengue outbreak is coming to an end.

Dr Aifili Tufa says the outbreak was first declared when some tuna cannery workers became ill in March 2017 and he thinks it came into the country from a Solomon Island fisherman.

Since then there have been 1009 confirmed cases of dengue serotype 2 with 761 people receiving brief hospital treatment for the illness such as intravenous fluids.

Dr Tufa told Jenny Meyer there have not been any confirmed dengue cases in the past six weeks and the government has done a lot to contain the viral illness which is spread by mosquitos.

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