18 Sep 2008

American Samoans implored to get rid of places dengue carrying mosquitoes can breed

3:12 pm on 18 September 2008

The American Samoa Department of Health says there have now been 69 confirmed cases of dengue, including one fatality, so far this year.

Health officials have confirmed that a ten year old boy died two weeks ago.

Dr Ivan Tuliau, the medical director of the Health Department says the death was a tragedy and serves as a reminder to the public to rid their surroundings of mosquito breeding sites.

Earlier this week the regional representative of the World Health Organisation called dengue the Pacific pandemic.

Presently there are major outbreaks in Fiji and New Caledonia.