Death toll grows by two more, hits 44

Two more infants have died from measles, the Ministry of Health reports, as the epidemic death toll climbs to 44. 

According to the report, both victims were less than a year old, joining 18 such babies before them and 20 between the ages of one and four.

There have now been 3,357 measles cases, with 208 in the last 24 hours, slightly fewer than Thursday to Friday’s growth of 213.

Six people at least have been discharged from hospitals, leaving 189 measles inpatients across Samoa.

There remain 160 at Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital, 19 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, three at Poutasi, Lalomanu and Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospitals and two at Sataua District Hospital.

Altogether, 727 out of 915 hospitalisations have been discharged. 

There are still 21 critically ill children in intensive care and three pregnant women being treated for measles. 

So far, more than 1000 measles cases have been in children under four. 

The mass vaccination campaign continues with another 4000 people vaccinated since Friday’s report bringing the total to 54,046, of which 14,202 are in Savaii.

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