400 plus suspected Zika cases in A Samoa
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