Samoa confirms 48 measles, 513 suspected cases

There has been an increase in the number of confirmed cases of measles since an epidemic was declared in Samoa three weeks ago.

According to the Ministry of Health, there are 48 confirmed cases as of 4 November, 2019.

There were seven confirmed cases when the epidemic was declared on 16 October, 2019.

According to the Ministry, there are 513 suspected cases of measles.

The ministry is awaiting la confirmation of three measles-related mortality involving a 14-month-old, an 8-month-old and a 37-year-old.

More than half of the 513 suspected cases are children under the age of 5-years of age.

A total of 51 suspected cases are aged between 5-14 years.

In the latest report released today, a total of 370 of the suspected cases reside in Upolu.

The measles vaccination is available at all Health Facilities including Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH) on Upolu.

The Immunisation clinic is located at the TTMH Emergency Department.

The ministry said measles vaccination is also available at Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH) on Savaii.

The Immunisation clinic is located at the MTIIH emergency department.
A new Immunisation clinic has also been opened at Matagialalua at the waterfront, Eleele Fou and its operating hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

The ministry is urging the public not to panic but to seek medical advice if any member of the family’s condition worsens.



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