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APIA, 19 DECEMBER 2019 (SAMOA GOVT)—Samoa’s Ministry of Health confirms a total of 5,424 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.

There were 53 recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 121 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 101 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 1 at Poutasi District Hospital, 1 at Lalomanu District Hospital, 15 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 1 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH), 1 at Foailalo DH and 1 in Sataua District Hospital. Admissions include 17 critically ill children in ICU/HDU.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,749. Of that, 1,551 (89%) patients have been discharged.

To date, 77 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 1 fatality (child under 5 years old) in the last 24 hours.

As of December 18, 2019, approximately 94% of all eligible people in Samoa have been vaccinated against measles.

National Emergency Operation Center (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….PACNEWS