153 new cases, Samoa measles death toll reaches 55

There have been two more measles-related deaths in the last 24-hours bringing the death toll in Samoa to 55.

According to the Ministry of Health, there were 153 new cases recorded over the same period.

A total of 3,881 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.

There are currently 174 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities.

Eighteen children remain critically ill in ICU/HDU.

There are two pregnant women and 2 postnatal admitted in hospital.

The ministry said there is a 2% increase in recovery rate over a 24-hour period.

To date, 55 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 2 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

The estimated vaccination coverage in both Upolu and Savai’i are 67% of infants and children aged 6 months to 4 years old.

Eighty-one per cent of children aged 5 to 19 years old and 67% of women aged 20 to 35 years old have been vaccinated.

Thirty-one per cent of the remaining population in Samoa have also received their measles dose as part of the mass vaccination programme.