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Health Ministry Announces 62 news Cases of Dengue in Samoa


Samoa is currently grappling with a significant dengue outbreak. Since November 2023, the nation has recorded a staggering 378 lab-confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease. The situation has been particularly concerning in recent weeks, with the Ministry of Health announcing 62 new cases of dengue-like illness and 36 lab-confirmed cases from May 6 to May 12. This follows 68 cases of dengue-like illness reported during the previous week.

The dengue cases are densely concentrated in the Apia urban area and the North West region of Upolu, underscoring the urgent need for targeted prevention efforts. While no dengue-related deaths have occurred during this outbreak, the majority of cases involve individuals under the age of 10 and over 60, highlighting the vulnerability of these age groups.

To combat the spread of the disease, health authorities are advising the public to take proactive measures. These include eliminating stagnant water sources around households, which serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Additionally, residents are encouraged to wear long clothing, sleep under mosquito nets, and use repellents to minimize exposure to mosquito bites.

Beyond Samoa’s borders, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) has reported a significant increase in dengue cases across the region. In a preliminary report covering epidemiological weeks 1 to 17 of 2024, PAHO recorded a total of 7.3 million suspected dengue cases, with 3.3 million of these being laboratory-confirmed. Alarmingly, this figure represents a 243 percent increase compared to the same period in 2023, with more than 3,000 reported deaths.

As the outbreak continues to unfold, concerted efforts from health authorities, communities, and individuals are crucial in mitigating the impact of this potentially life-threatening disease.

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