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  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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