US re­views mi­cro­cephaly re­sponse in Amer­i­can Samoa

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Pago Pago:

United States au­thor­i­ties say they are re­view­ing Amer­i­can Samoa’s ca­pa­bil­ity to han­dle a case of mi­cro­cephaly as a re­sult of the Zika virus.

Since Zika was first dis­cov­ered in the ter­ri­tory at the be­gin­ning of the year, the Cen­tre for Dis­ease Con­trol has sent teams to Amer­i­can Samoa to help iden­tify, treat and doc­u­ment cases.

The lat­est Zika count for the ter­ri­tory is 776 sus­pected cases with 44 con­firmed of whom 16 are preg­nant women. A CDC epi­demi­ol­o­gist, Gerry Far­jardo, said there is a sus­pected link be­tween the virus and mi­cro­cephaly, a neu­ro­log­i­cal disor­der associated with un­usu­ally small heads on ba­bies. RNZI

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