23 Jun 2007

American Samoa prepares for dengue fever

9:44 am on 23 June 2007

A pandemic preparedness and training specialist from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community has urged decisive action to stop dengue fever before it becomes an epidemic in American Samoa.

One person has died from the disease in the Territory.

Dr Narendra Singh who is with the Public Health Surveillance and Communicable Disease Control Section of the Pacific Community said there must be a concerted effort to get rid of breeding places for mosquitoes.

He says however, there are measures people can take if they think they have symptoms related to dengue which include joint pains, headaches and vomiting.

"When someone experiences this they need to take a lot of fluids and medicines to control temperature like pseudoephedrine or panadol and see the doctor."