Two more babies die as Samoa locks down for measles vaccination

Two more babies have died of measles in the last 24 hours as the country locks down today for mandatory vaccination.

The latest fatalities are aged between 6 months and 4 years old.

The death toll is now 62.

There are currently 19 critically ill children in ICU/HDU and 3 pregnant women and 1 postnatal at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole National Hospital.

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 4,217 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.  There were 165 recorded in the last 24 hours.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,310.  Of that, 1,076 patients have been discharged. Recovery rate has increased by 1% since the last update.

To date, 62 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 2 fatalities in the last 24 hours.