20 Apr 2024

Dengue fever outbreak declared in Samoa

From , 6:03 am on 20 April 2024
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A dengue fever outbreak has been declared on Friday afternoon in Samoa.

There have been more than 250 cases in total, with majority of cases on the mainland, northwest of Upolu where most of the population lives.

The World Health Organisation describes dengue fever as a viral infection that spreads from mosquitoes to people.

RNZ Pacific's Eleisha Foon spoke with Samoa's Director General of Health, Aiono Dr Alec Ekeroma about the evolving situation.