18 Dec 2009

American Samoa continues swine flu tests

8:00 am on 18 December 2009

The LBJ Medical Centre in American Samoa is sending out more specimens for H1N1, or swine flu, to be tested.

LBJ's chief medical officer, Taulapapa Dr. Aloiamoa Anesi, says a large number of specimens for confirmatory testing will be flown out tonight.

Taulapapa says the Medical Centre has not been sending any lately due to a shortage of packing material.

About 100 specimens are scheduled to be shipped out tonight to Honolulu.

Between June and the middle of October this year, 228 specimens were sent to Honolulu for testing and 77 came back positive, 101 negative and results of 50 others are still pending.

LBJ and health officials say many of these cases have recovered already but their identities and villages cannot be disclosed due to federal regulations.