8 May 2009

American Samoa health officials screen passengers for Swine Flu

9:54 am on 8 May 2009

Health officials and an emergency response team are at the inter island dock in American Samoa this morning to screen passengers arriving from Samoa on the passenger ferry MV Lady Naomi.

The move is part of the territory's border control measures to stop the spread of swine flu into American Samoa.

Health Department medical director Dr. Ivan Tuliau says members of the Unified Health Command group will board the vessel and conduct visual screening of passengers with signs of flu-like illnesses.

Anyone identified will be taken aside for further screening at a mobile unit with physicians and nurses on duty.

Meanwhile, health officials in the territory are in contact with health officials in Hawaii following the latest reports of two more suspected cases of swine flu in Hawaii.