Date: Sun 16 Jun 2013
Source: Radio New Zealand International [edited]

There are 8 confirmed cases of typhoid fever in American Samoa but health officials insists there is no outbreak. LBJ Medical Center pediatrician Dr Mike Favassa told reporters typhoid fever is nothing new to American Samoa but warned if it's not treated right away it can be fatal.

He says there are now 8 confirmed cases since January 2013 and the last 2 cases since May 2013 are children, with one of them very sick and still recovering at the hospital. Dr Mike Favassa says the cases illustrate the importance of taking care of problems earlier rather than later. "We are taking this opportunity now to bring it to the public's attention that it is prevalent here. We are trying to nip it in the bud and find the source of the infection so we can prevent this from becoming an outbreak."
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25th April 2011

American Samoa. 21 Apr 2011. January had the highest number of confirmed dengue fever cases in American Samoa for the 1st quarter of 2011, but the overall number of confirmed cases for the 1st 3 months of the year has been much lower than the same period last year [2010]. Data released by LBJ Medical Center chief medical officer Taulapapa Dr. Aloiamoa Anesi last year showed that between January and March 2010, the number of confirmed dengue cases stood at 131 -- compared to 195 positive dengue cases between January and March 2009.

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Date: Wed 17 Feb 2010
Source: Radio New Zealand International [edited]

There has been a resurgence of dengue fever in American Samoa with 42 positive cases last month [January 2010]. This is up on December [2009] when just 17 of those tested had the mosquitoborne disease [virus].

The LBJ hospital's chief medical officer, Taulapapa Dr Aloiamoa Anesi, says the territory is still having a lot of rain and the risk of infection remains. He says mosquito eradication through clearing potential breeding grounds is still very important, along with wearing proper clothing and using DEET-containing mosquito repellents.
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Date: Mon 9 Nov 2009
Source: Hi-Wire International Channel [edited]

The number of confirmed cases of dengue fever doubled in the month following the deadly 29 Sep [2009] tsunami that inundated this U.S. territory in the South Pacific.

Dr. Aloiamoa Anesi, chief medical officer at LBJ Tropical Medical Center, said American Samoa's only hospital in October confirmed 62 cases and the territory's 1st 2 deaths of 2009 from the mosquito-borne disease. "This is a definite increase from September figures (27 confirmed cases) as predicted with post-tsunami outdoor living for a lot of affected villagers," Anesi said. "The rainy days we have mean more breeding places for mosquitoes as we still have a lot of debris after the tsunami disaster," he added.

Between 1 Jan - 31 Oct [2009], there were 373 confirmed cases of dengue in American Samoa.

Dengue causes joint pain, high fevers, nausea and a rash. In severe cases, it causes internal bleeding and can lead to death. The virus is most commonly spread by mosquitoes that have contracted it after biting infected humans.
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Date: Sun 21 Dec 2008
Source: Pacific Magazine [edited]

American Samoa Gov. Togiola Tulafono tomorrow [22 Dec 2008] will convene a meeting of key government officials to discuss coordinated action to control dengue fever in the territory, the Samoa News reports.  There have been 602 confirmed cases of dengue in American Samoa to date.

"This is a very big effort for us, and everyone's participation is needed to wipe out this disease. It will be proposed to the governor at this meeting to declare January [2009] as dengue fever island wide prevention, said Dr. Ivan Tuliau, the territorial medical director.

The report said the LBJ Medical Center's chief medical officer, Taulapapa Dr. Aloiamoa Anesi, has described American Samoa's current dengue fever problem as a "critical public health issue."
[From 1 Jan-13 Nov 2008, the number of confirmed dengue cases on American Samoa was 400 (see ProMED archive no. 20081118.3636). Since then, the number of confirmed cases has reached 602.

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