400 plus sus­pected Zika cases in A Samoa

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Pago Pago: There are now 403 sus­pected cases of Zika virus in Amer­i­can Samoa, ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Health’s lat­est fig­ures.

Since the out­break first sur­faced late last year, 91 blood sam­ples have been sent off is­land to test for mosquito­borne viruses in­clud­ing Zika, Dengue Fever, and Chikun­gunya -- which have sim­i­lar symp­toms.

Of the sam­ples sent off is­land, 14 cases have been con­firmed as Zika, in­clud­ing in six preg­nant women. The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion and the health depart­ment are tar­get­ing preg­nant women in their preven­tion and pub­lic aware­ness ef­forts. The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion de­clared Zika a global health emer­gency on Fe­bru­ary 1, say­ing new re­search has strength­ened the link be­tween the Zika virus and foetal ab­nor­mal­i­ties, while sex­ual trans­mis­sion of the virus was more com­mon than pre­vi­ously thought.

This year, Zika has been de­tected in five Pa­cific Is­land coun­tries. RNZI

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