Samoa has confirmed a Dengue fever serotype2 outbreak that was detected in the month of October 2017. A bunch of blood samples were confirmed at the ESR Lab in New Zealand. From what we have, a cumulative total of 1,522 clinical and confirmed cases with 339 hospital admissions were recorded as of December 3rd. There have been 4 dengue related deaths recorded.
October 31st 2017, Apia – As officials gather in Bonn for the annual COP climate talks, the Government of Samoa and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today officially launched a multi-million dollar project (dubbed “IMPRESS” - “Improving the Performance and Reliability of Renewable Energy Power System in Samoa”) to enhance sustainable and cost-effective energy production in the Small Island Developing State.
Outlook for Samoa
This season 2017-2018, the Samoa Meteorology Division predicts a below normal risk of 1-2 cyclones that can pass within 400km radius of Samoa based on historical tropical cyclone data, with at least 1 tropical cyclone to reach Category 3 (wind speed of at least 178km/h or 111 mph) or greater (Cat.4 – Cat.5).
By Nanai Laveitiga Tuiletufuga
A complete opposite to his predecessor, Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull outlined a new additional support package from his government to manage climate change and improve resilience in the Pacific.
The DENV-3 outbreak in Samoa has shown continuing activity from 2015. Increasing activity was seen again from January 2016 with a fluctuating pattern but no steep increase as seen earlier, between June-August 2015.
So far the cumulative reported total is 1,188 cases with a national attack rate of 6.3 per 1,000 population.