21 Jan 2009

Samoa's Ministry of Health reports drop in dengue fever cases

11:44 am on 21 January 2009

Samoa's Ministry of Health reports dengue fever was on the decline towards the end of 2008.

The Newsline newspaper reports there were 651 clinically diagnosed cases of dengue fever recorded for a four month period from July to October of 2008.

The highest number of cases recorded in a month was 111 in August.

In October there were only 3 cases recorded.

The Health Ministry says people in the 20-29 age group were the most affected by the dengue outbreak.

Most of the confirmed dengue cases were patients from the Apia Urban Area.

Only 6 per cent of the 651 cases were from the big island of Savaii .