13 Oct 2008

Call for clean-up at American Samoa's landmark hotel

2:19 pm on 13 October 2008

An official with the Public Health department in American Samoa has recommended an immediate clean up of the old Rainmaker Hotel's grounds and dilapidated buildings.

Environmental Health Officer Sigafili Leiato has written to the Development Bank of American Samoa, stating that as owners of the hotel, the Bank should clean up this health hazard.

A survey by an entomologist has found the species of mosquito that spreads dengue there.

Mr Leiato says the mosquitoes are not in the hotel swimming pool, but are in the bottles, cans, and broken bricks that have collected water.

The environmental health chief says with dengue spreading rapidly in the territory, the possibility the hotel may be a contributing factor, cannot be discounted.