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Published On: Wed, Mar 5th, 2014

Samoa reports dengue case, health alert issued

The Samoan Health Ministry has issued a health alert after confirming a dengue fever case in an expatriate, according to an Island Business report Wednesday.

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Dr. Take Naseri, Director General of Health said, “This is an expatriate gentleman who is based in Samoa, who had recently returned from Fiji where he was believed to be infected from. He was seen by a General Practitioner for signs and symptoms of Dengue fever and was tested on the 17 February, 2014. On the same day he received a POSITVE Dengue IgM and NS-1 rapid test. His blood specimen is believed to have been sent overseas by the NHS Lab for re-confirmation and serotyping.

It is important to note that several Pacific islands are experiencing mosquito borne virus outbreaks to include New Caledonia, French Polynesia (Zika fever) and the Cook islands and Fiji (dengue), as Dr Naseri points out.

“The Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the situation and looking to address source reduction; prevention and other Public Health aspects of a possible outbreak event.”

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of five (researchers recently identified a fifth dengue subtype, the first in 50 years)  related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infectionsworldwide every year. However, new research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.

There are three types of dengue fever in order of less severe to most: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

There is not a vaccine for dengue fever. There is no treatment for dengue, just treat the symptoms.

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