11 Aug 2014

Major clean-up in American Samoa to stop chikungunya

5:40 pm on 11 August 2014

Five government agencies in American Samoa have launched major clean up efforts to rid of breeding grounds for mosquitoes spreading chikungunya, or chik, virus.

As of last Friday, more than 390 cases have been recorded on the main island of Tutuila, while none have been reported from the territory's Manu'a island group.

Last week, the Health Department with the help of village mayors launched a clean up island-wide.

A Health official Papali'i Marion Fitisemanu says the clean-up is first targeting villages with the largest numbers affected, starting with Tafuna village.

One of the two Tafuna village mayors, Fagaima Solaita, says the island-wide clean up is long overdue.