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Samoa measles epidemic: Death toll at 55

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 3,881 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.  There were 153 recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 174 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities.  Of this, 145 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 4 at Poutasi District Hospital, 20 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 4 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH) and 1 at Sataua District Hospital.  Admissions include 18 critically ill children in ICU/HDU and 2 pregnant women and 2 postnatal at TTMH.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,178.  Of that, 949 (81%) patients have been discharged. A 2% increase in recovery rate over since the last update.

To date, 55 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 2 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 months82708
6-11 months2047215
01-4 years51123627
05-9 years133721
10-14 years71241
15-19 years123932
20-29 years306020
30-39 years92451
40-49 years31050
50+ years0160
missing age0460

* Table subject to update as new data becomes available


As of December 2nd, 2019, the estimated vaccination coverage in both Upolu and Savai’i are:

  • 67% of infants and children aged 6 months to 4 years old
  • 81% of children aged 5 to 19 years old
  • 67% of women aged 20 to 35 years old
  • 31% of the remaining population in Samoa

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