A “clean-up” campaign commenced Friday in Apia, Samoa as the country tries to slow the spread of chikungunya. According to a Radio New Zealand report, schools, schoolkids, governments and corporations will be cleaning up areas where mosquitoes may breed.

Aedes mosquito
Aedes aegypti image/CDC

The Samoa Director of Health, Leausa Toleafoa Dr Take Naseri, has also urged all villages to support the campaign and to continue with their clean up routines.

As of 10 August 2014, a total of 465 probable cases of chikungunya have been reported in American Samoa during an outbreak of Acute Fever and Rash (AFR) which has been ongoing since early July 2014.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice fro American Samoa last week in response to the outbreak.

Chikungunya virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat chikungunya virus infection. Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites.  For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page