Samoa's measles death toll now 77

Samoa has recorded another death from measles, bringing the toll to 77.

The child is believed to be under the age of five.

The age group makes up almost all of the dead - 121 people remain in hospital, including 17 critically ill children.

There were another 53 measles cases recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total since October to more than 5,400.

Samoa has vaccinated 94 percent of its population against measles following a mass campaign.