Activities & General Updates
Am. Samoa have not seen any ZIKV PCR positive cases since June 2016. From Aug 1 – Aug, Hawaii State Lab released results for 81 samples tested via ZIKA IgM MAC ELISA, 13 were tested positive. Positive serology tests (IgM) for Zika was discussed and has been agreed to monitor PCR positive results.
Am. Samoa continue to see a decline in the ratio of samples that test positive for Dengue Virus infection.
For Epi Weeks 30 to 32, there was an average of 3 positive Dengue cases per week.
Because of the decline of Dengue numbers, Am. Samoa has moved the Unified Health Command meeting to a bi-weekly schedule. Unified Health Command meeting are held to update key leaders and inter departmental/agency partners regarding the ongoing Dengue 2 outbreak.
Syndromic and Notifiable Diseases surveillance is now active. The Epidemiology/Lab Capacity Office will be responsible for these surveillance systems and reporting.
Am. Samoa gearing up for a campaign to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis in Am. Samoa. In partnership with PIHOA, CDC, and WHO. ELC personnel are involved in the LF Committee core group. Mass Drug Administration information training for Am. Samoa DOH is scheduled for September 11, 2018.
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