Samoan schools urged to cancel end of year events

The Ministry of Education has called on all schools in Samoa to cancel end of year events as authorities tackle the measles epidemic.

Chief Executive Officer of Education, Afamasaga Dr Karoline Afamasaga Fuata’ii said the events include school prize giving, graduation and school camps.

The Ministry of Health said to prevent the virus spreading further, all primary schools would close on 15 November, and secondary schools at the end of the month.

Health authorities have confirmed 48 cases of measles.

There are four deaths suspected to be related to measles.

Authorities are reporting 513 suspected cases of the highly contagious infectious disease that is caused by the measles virus.