Five more children die from measles in Samoa

The measles crisis in Samoa has claimed the lives of five children in the last 24 hours.

The death toll has increased to 53.

The Ministry of Health has confirmed a total of 3,728 measles cases have been reported to the from Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.

There were 198 recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 183 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities.

Among the in-patients are 19 critically ill children in ICU/HDU, two pregnant women and 1 postnatal.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,129.

Of that, 893 (79%) patients have been discharged.

A total of 32,743 vaccinations were completed before the Mass Vaccination Campaign.

Since the activation of the Mass Vaccination Campaign on 20 November 2019, the Ministry has successfully vaccinated 58,150 individuals, of that 43,529 were vaccinated in Upolu and 14,621 in Savaii.

The National Emergency Operations Centre continues to be the focal point providing collaboration and operational coordination amongst all stakeholders, with advice and technical guidance from MOH for the duration of the Emergency Period.


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