20 Feb 2003

Many patients at American Samoa's LBJ hospital presenting with symptoms similar to dengue fever.t

11:53 am on 20 February 2003

A flu like disease with some of the symptoms of dengue fever is afflicting large numbers of patients seen at American Samoa's LBJ Hospital.

Director of Medical services, Dr Iotamo Saleapaga, says the symptoms include body aches, diahorrea and vomiting.

Accompanying high fevers are not a characteristic which makes it different from dengue.

Dr Saleapaga says the flu is prevalent among children and the elderly and may be the result of hot and rainy weather.