Am. Samoa Begins Three Day Mosquito Clean-Up Effort

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Government employees join effort to fight Zika virus

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 24, 2016) – The government in American Samoa is to begin a three day clean-up of the main island, Tutuila, in an attempt to eradicate the mosquito that carries the Zika virus.

More than 3,000 government employees are expected to participate in the clean-up campaign that's targeting villages that have the highest number of pregnant women.

Employees from all government departments will be involved in removing objects that collect water, as they provide a breeding ground for mosquito.

Our correspondent, Monica Miller, said a dengue outbreak last year prompted a cleanup, but it didn't even make a dent on what's there.

"If you know American Samoa, you go around the villages, there are certain villages that have accumulated a lot of junk vehicles for example, a lot of unused applicances. And there's even derelict fishing boats that collect rainwater."

She said they did have a period of dry weather, but since the monsoonal trough and cyclone Winston they've had a lot of rain.

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