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Samoa reports dengue fever outbreak

Samoa health officials are reporting an outbreak of dengue fever, serotype 2 (DEN-2) that was first detected in October.  A cumulative total of 1,522 clinical and confirmed cases with 339 hospital admissions were recorded as of December 3rd. There have been 4 dengue related deaths recorded.

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The most affected people are those among the age groups of 19 below with the highest number of cases in children between 5 – 9 years.

The most affected areas are Apia Urban Area, Vaimauga District and Faleata District, according to MOH Samoa.

MOH Samoa continues to advocate and implement control measures for mosquito–borne diseases.

Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. There are four closely related but antigenically different serotypes of the virus that can cause dengue (DEN1, DEN 2, DEN 3, DEN 4).