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Samoa measles outbreak: death toll rises to 32

Media Release: National Emergency Operation Centre/Government Press Secretariat, Ministry of the Prime Minister & Cabinet

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 2,437 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 243 recorded in the last 24 hours.

To date (Tuesday 26 November), 32 measles related deaths have been recorded.

There are currently 176 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 146 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 5 at Poutasi District Hospital, 3 at Lalomanu District Hospital, 11 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 2 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH), 3 at Foailalo District Hospital, 2 at Sataua and 4 at Safotu District Hospital.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 766. Of that, 558 patients have been discharged.

A breakdown of the statistics is as follows:

VACCINATION UPDATE:

A total of 32,743 vaccinations were completed before the Mass Vaccination Campaign. Of these, the age groups are outlined below:

 6months to 4 years – 4222

 5 to 19 years – 14,145

 20 to 39 years – 9,283

 40-49 years – 3058

 50+ – 2035

Since the activation of the Mass Vaccination Campaign on 20 November 2019, the Ministry has successfully vaccinated 24,000 individuals in both Upolu and Savaii.

NEOC continues to be the focal point providing collaboration and operational coordination amongst all stakeholders, with advice and technical guidance from MOH for the duration of the Emergency Period.

The Government Press Secretariat made a further announcement today removing the travel ban on children up to the age of 19 years old between Upolu and Savaii.

Please direct all enquiries to the National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) on telephone number 997, and 911 for Emergencies.

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