No deaths overnight, fatalities remain at 79

There has been no fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours with measles-related deaths currently sitting at 79, according to the latest government update.

Since the measles outbreak was declared by the government in October this year, the Ministry of Health has confirmed a total of 5,520 measles cases reported to the Disease Surveillance team. There were 26 recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 83 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities with 67 at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), one at the Poutasi District Hospital, one at Lalomanu District Hospital, 10 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, three at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH), and one at Foailalo District Hospital.  

Admissions include eight critically-ill children and two adults in ICU/HDU, plus three pregnant women at the TTMH maternity ward.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,791 with 1,629 or 91 per cent of the patients have been discharged. 

As of December 21, 2019, approximately 94 per cent of all eligible people in Samoa have been vaccinated against measles.

The National Emergency Operations Centre (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.

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