282 dengue fever cases counted in American Samoa

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) - The LBJ Medical Center has tabulated 282 cases of dengue fever in American Samoa over the first half of the year, up from 249 cases in the first six months of 2009. In all of last year, there were 436 cases of the potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease in the US territory, compared with 667 cases in 2008.

The chief medical officer at the medical center, Dr. Aloiamoa Anesi, says the hospital isn't seeing as many cases requiring hospitalization and acute treatment in the last few months. Anesi believes most people who suspect dengue fever are starting treatment at home with Tylenol, rest and lots of fluids. He says the treatment can avert complications in most cases and prevent hospital visits.

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