FOUR DOH SAMPLES RETURN POSITIVE FOR ZIKA VIRUS; LT GOV DECLARES EPIDEMIC
Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, has declared a Zika epidemic for American Samoa after Department of Health laboratory test results from four samples sent off for evaluation were confirmed positive for the Zika virus — and among those is a pregnant woman.
This was revealed during a press conference held yesterday afternoon at the Department of Health Tafuna Clinic. Lemanu who’s Acting Governor called an emergency meeting with his cabinet where he called for a territorial clean up starting today (Friday), involving both departments and agencies.
Epidemiologist Scott Anesi stated that currently the territory is seeing ongoing Zika virus transmission. “We are now evaluating the affected areas” and he said it’s a mild virus, but the public needs to take precautionary measures —most especially pregnant women.
The symptoms of Zika are similar to those of dengue and chikungunya, which are other viruses spread by certain Aedes mosquito species and the most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, pain behind the eyes, and vomiting.