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Samoa measles epidemic: Another child under 5 dies, bringing death toll to 78

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 5,463 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 39 recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 114 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 96 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 2 at Poutasi District Hospital, 1 at Lalomanu District Hospital, 12 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 1 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH), 1 at Foailalo DH and 1 in Sataua District Hospital. Admissions include 15 critically ill children in ICU/HDU.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,762. Of that, 1,570 (89%) patients have been discharged.

To date, 78 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 1 fatality (child under 5 years old) in the last 24 hours.


As of December 19, 2019, approximately 94% of all eligible people in Samoa have been vaccinated against measles.

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