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Samoa measles epidemic: five fatalities in last 24 hours brings death toll to 60


The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 4,052 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.  There were 171 recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 177 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities.  Of this, 142 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 4 at Poutasi District Hospital, 1 at Lalomanu DH, 22 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 6 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH) 1 at Foailalo DH and 1 at Safotu District Hospital.  Admissions include 20 critically ill children in ICU/HDU and 3 pregnant women and 2 postnatal at TTMH.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,246.  Of that, 1,009 (81%) patients have been discharged. Recovery rate has remained constant since the last update.

To date, 60 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 5 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

A breakdown of the statistics is as follows:


Age groupMeasles cases last 24 hoursTotal measles casesTotal measles-related deaths
0-5 months192899
6-11 months1849116
01-4 years53128927
05-9 years243961
10-14 years51281
15-19 years174103
20-29 years226241
30-39 years72522
40-49 years51100
50+ years0160
missing age1470

* Table subject to update as new data becomes available


As of December 3rd, 2019, the estimated vaccination coverage in both Upolu and Savai’i are:

  • 73% of infants and children aged 6 months to 4 years old
  • 86% of children aged 5 to 19 years old
  • 79% of women aged 20 to 35 years old
  • 50% of the remaining population in Samoa

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