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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 29, 2001 - Samoa News/PINA Nius Online)---As many as 500 children have come to American Samoa's LBJ Topical Medicine Center hospital with symptoms of dengue fever in the past four weeks, Chief of Pediatrics Dr. Tagiilima I‘atala said.

More than 200 were admitted for further observation.

Dr. I‘atala told Samoa News that the dengue fever outbreak this year has been the "worst one" for the children. There have been three deaths in the past two months attributed to dengue. The last two victims were children, ages 6 and 10.

Dengue fever is common throughout the tropical regions and is transmitted by mosquitoes. The symptoms are fever, headache, backache, and pain in the eyes, muscle and joint pains as well as rash in some persons.

Dr. I‘atala said there is no vaccine or cure, but dengue fever is not usually fatal.

With early diagnosis and vigorous treatment most patients with dengue fever or dengue shock syndrome are soon on their way to recovery, he said.

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