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Samoa measles epidemic: death toll reaches 70

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 4,693 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 112 recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 159 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 120 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 3 at Poutasi District Hospital, 2 at Lalomanu DH, 24 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 3 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH) 5 at Foailalo DH, 1 Sataua DH and 1 at Safotu District Hospital. Admissions include 16 critically ill children in ICU/HDU and 2 pregnant women at TTMH.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,477. Of that, 1,248 (84%) patients have been discharged. Recovery rate remains the same since the last update.

To date, 70 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 2 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

A breakdown of the statistics is as follows:

Age group Measles cases last 24 hours Total measles cases Total measles related deaths
0-5 months 3 335 9
6-11 months 12 572 19
1-4 years 38 1528 33
5-9 years 15 463 1
10-14 years 1 137 1
15-19 years 8 464 3
20-29 years 18 724 2
30-39 years 11 291 2
40-49 years 6 129 0
50+ years 0 19 0
missing age 0 31 0
Total 112 4693 70

* Table subject to update as new data becomes available

As of December 8th, 2019, approximately 90% of all eligible people in Samoa have been vaccinated against measles.

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