11 May 2009

American Samoa residents urged not to forget battle against dengue fever

9:45 am on 11 May 2009

While swine flu has become the focus of public health, the main hospital in American Samoa, along with the health department, has issued a reminder to residents that "dengue fever" also remains a problem in the territory.

The Health Department's medical director Dr. Ivan Tuliau said the public must remember that dengue is still an issue in the territory and urged communities to continue their efforts to eradicate breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

However the good news is that the number of dengue cases continues to decrease.

In January there were 80 and 85 in February.

For the month of April only 33 people have been confirmed to have dengue fever.