25 Aug 2008

New strain of Dengue in American Samoa

11:11 am on 25 August 2008

American Samoa has recorded a new strain of the dengue virus.

The Department of Health has identified the variety as Type Four.

The department's epidemiologist, Charmaine Edwards, says the variety is not as serious as the dengue strain that's now prevalent in the region.

But with dengue spreading rapidly in nearby Samoa, the Health department is stepping up publicity on prevention of the mosquito carrying disease.

Samoa has reported 144 cases 37 of which are confirmed cases.

Four are said the hemorrhagic type that can be fatal.

Outbreaks are also occurring in French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Kiribati.

There were all countries which attended the Pacific Arts Festival in Pago Pao.

In Samoa, environmental health efforts and awareness programme in the media are continuing and key messages will be re-emphasized for Hemorrhagic dengue fever.

The public has been urged to destroy mosquito breeding sites, up keep sanitation and environmental health measures.