Dengue Outbreak In Am. Samoa Not Slowing Down

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Confirmed deaths remain at four, suspected cases up by 54

By Joyetter Feagaimaalii-Luamanu

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, Aug. 25, 2015) – The territory is seeing a continued increase in the numbers of those who are suspected of having dengue fever, and as of August 16, 2015, there have been 338 probable cases — a significant increase from August 3, 2015 which revealed 284 suspected cases.

According to the report provided by Department of Health Epidemiologist Scott Anesi with the approval of Director Motusa Nua, the increase within a span of just two weeks is 54 new cases. The hospitalization number has also increased from 89 admissions to 125, says the report from DOH.

The department made it clear that there are still no cases being reported in Manu’a and the number of confirmed dengue related deaths remains at four.

DOH Director Motusa told Samoa News earlier that their department is holding mandatory clean-ups between Wednesday and Friday which will be increased, when necessary. The government continues to push for departments to heighten their cleanups, not only in the villages but also within government properties.

The DOH Director stated that their department will increase community awareness on all of the radio stations with up to date data, as DOH continues the fight against dengue, and meanwhile, they continue meetings with key partners on resolutions.

Samoa News understands that Centers for Disease Control (CDC) oversees and is still monitoring the dengue presence on island.

Motusa further stated that there are frequent meetings with LBJ Health Care Staff on the dengue outbreak, which has claimed the life of four people in the territory.

In the meantime, DOH continues their 3D campaign and stresses public cooperation with environmental measures.

As reported earlier, DOH said that the usual symptoms of dengue are acute nausea, vomiting, fever, rash, joint pain and general fatigue and weakness.

DOH notes if there are any treatment concerns, they encourage the public to please contact them.

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