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Samoa measles epidemic: Death toll at 81

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 5,612 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 9 recorded in the last 24 hours for Upolu. There were no new cases for Savai’i.

There are currently 43 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 37 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 2 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 1 at Poutasi, 1 at Lalomanu District Hospital and 2 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH). Admissions include 7 critically ill children and 3 adult in ICU/HDU.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,823. Of that, 1,699 (93%) patients have been discharged.

To date, 81 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 1 fatality (child under 5 years old) in the last 24 hours.


As of December 25, 2019, approximately 95% of all eligible people in Samoa have been vaccinated against measles.

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