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Dengue Fever Outbreak Declared in Samoa

Apia, Samoa- The Ministry of Health has declared an outbreak of dengue fever, with 216 cases identified in the country since November 2022.

Director General of Health Dr. Aiono Alec Ekeroma stated that 81 cases have been confirmed in the past two weeks alone, with the majority of cases (80%) occurring in the northwest of Upolu, including the capital city of Apia.

The remaining 20% of cases are located in Savaii. Dr. Ekeroma acknowledged that the reported number of cases likely underrepresents the actual incidence of dengue fever, as many individuals may be experiencing symptoms at home without seeking medical attention.

Children aged 5-9 and adults aged 60 and over are among the most affected groups. The declaration of the outbreak has prompted health authorities to implement enhanced surveillance and mosquito control measures.

Residents are urged to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites, such as using insect repellent and mosquito nets. Despite the outbreak, Dr. Ekeroma emphasized that tourists are not at elevated risk, as dengue fever is transmitted by mosquitoes and not through human-to-human contact.

Travelers are advised to pack appropriate mosquito protection measures.

The Ministry of Health continues to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available



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