Measles epidemic claims two more lives, death toll 83

The measles epidemic has claimed two more lives, taking the death toll to 83.

The latest deaths were confirmed by the Health Emergency Operation Centre in a statement issued on Monday night.

“There were two fatalities (one infant and one adult) between December 29, 2019 and January 5, 2020,” the statement reads.

The statement does not provide details about the deceased.

But the Ministry of Health confirmed that 5,697 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team since the outbreak started.

The Ministry also says that the outbreak is waning.

“Currently the outbreak is declining with 30 new cases reported between December 29, 2019 and January 5, 2020,” the update reads.

“As of 8.30am January 5th 2020, there were 16 measles currently admitted at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH) including 4 critically ill children in ICU/HDU.

“The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,860. Of that, 1,761 (95%) patients have recovered and been discharged.

“There are currently no travel restrictions or vaccination requirement for those travelling to Samoa. Additionally, proof of MMR vaccination is not currently required for Samoans travelling to Australia, New Zealand, or the United States.

Only travelers to American Samoa are required to provide proof of vaccination for MMR.”



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