16 Dec 2009

Protection against mosquito bites urged in American Samoa to reduce Dengue

10:51 am on 16 December 2009

Residents in American Samoa are being urged to protect themselves against dengue as high infection rates of the mosquito-borne infection continue.

In November, 46 tested positive for dengue and in October 62 people were infected.

The LBJ Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alo Anesi says a factor contributing to the spread is that many people are still living in tents following the tsunami, where they are more exposed to mosquito bites.