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Samoa measles epidemic: Death toll at 62

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 4,217 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.  There were 165 recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 172 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities.  Of this, 145 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 2 at Poutasi District Hospital, 1 at Lalomanu DH, 16 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 6 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH) 1 at Foailalo DH and 1 at Safotu District Hospital.  Admissions include 19 critically ill children in ICU/HDU and 3 pregnant women and 1 postnatal at TTMH.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,310.  Of that, 1,076 (82%) patients have been discharged. Recovery rate has increased by 1% since the last update.

To date, 62 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 13 302 9
6-11 months 22 514 17
01-4 years 68 1363 28
05-9 years 14 416 1
10-14 years 4 134 1
15-19 years 19 429 3
20-29 years 12 638 1
30-39 years 8 260 2
40-49 years 1 112 0
50+ years 0 17 0
missing age 4 32 0
Total 165 4217 62

* Table subject to update as new data becomes available


As of December 4th, 2019, the estimated vaccination coverage in both Upolu and Savaii are:

  • 76% of infants and children aged 6 months to 4 years old
  • 88% of children aged 5 to 19 years old
  • 85% of women aged 20 to 35 years old
  • 56% of the remaining population in Samoa

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.

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


These latest statistics come as Samoa begins its two-day ‘Door to door Mass Vaccination Campaign’, which started this morning from 7am local time and will continue throughout the whole country until tomorrow.

All public and private sectors will be closed from 7am to 5pm this Thursday and Friday “to ensure a good coverage of the vaccination plan”.

The Government is advising the public to tie a red cloth or red flag in front of their houses and near the road to indicate that family members have not been vaccinated. The red mark makes it easier for the teams to identify households for vaccinations.




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