DENGUE FEVER OUTBREAK CONTINUES IN AMERICAN SAMOA

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By La Poasa

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (March 31, 2002 - Samoa News/PINA Nius Online)---The number of people visiting American Samoa's LBJ hospital with dengue fever symptoms has declined. But hospital authorities say the mosquito borne-fever has not left the territory yet.

LBJ Medical Director Dr. Iotamo Saleapaga reported that no deaths have been caused by dengue fever this year. Last year, two children and a 29-year-old man died from the illness.

Meanwhile, a dengue relative, a viral flu, continues to send patients to the hospital.

The viral infection with flu-like symptoms erupted late last year. Patients suffering from the viral flu experience dengue-like symptoms of high fever, body aches and headaches.

Dr. Saleapaga said young children and the elderly are most vulnerable to the viral flu.

Dengue fever also is plaguing other Pacific Islands.

In French Polynesia, eight young children died last year.

Cases of dengue fever have also been reported recently in Hawai‘i, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Palau, and the Solomon Islands.

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