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Samoa measles epidemic: death of two children under 5 brings death toll to 75

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 5,331 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.  There were 64 recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 129 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities.  Of this, 104 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 2 at Poutasi District Hospital, 2 at Lalomanu District Hospital, 13 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 1 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH) 4 at Foailalo DH 1 in Sataua and 2 at Safotu District Hospital.  Admissions include 16 critically ill children in ICU/HDU.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,704.  Of that, 1,500 (88%) patients have been discharged.

To date, 75 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 2 fatalities (children under 5 years old) in the last 24 hours.


As of December 16, 2019, approximately 93% of all eligible people in Samoa have been vaccinated against measles.


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