In a follow-up to a report two weeks ago concerning the discovery of chikungunya in American Samoa, The American Samoan Department of Health is now confirming more than 300 cases of the mosquito borne viral disease on the island, according to a Marianas Variety report.

Samoa mapSince July, health officials have confirmed 343 cases, with six patients requiring hospitalization. No deaths have been reported.

Health Director Motusa Tuileama Nua said his department and LBJ hospital have confirmed the outbreak on the main island of Tutuila.

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Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The virus causes high fever and severe joint pain that start suddenly. It can also cause headache, muscle pain and rash. CHIKV does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be disabling, and some people may get severe complications. There is no specific medication available to treat CHIKV and there is not a vaccine. Avoiding mosquito bites is the key to avoid CHIKV. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page