Samoa measles death toll hits 70

10 Décembre, 2019, 04:21 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • No reprieve as Samoa measles toll hits 70

A red flags hangs outside homes of residents who have not been vaccinated in Apia, Samoa, last week.

A devastating measles outbreak continued to spread in Samoa, as the death toll from the epidemic increased to 70, mostly young children.

Instead of actively entering Communities to expand the vaccination drive, NZ Health Bureaucrats shrugged and allowed a public health crisis mutate out of control and easily jump to a country like Samoa.

Still, in the past 24 hours, there were another 112 recorded measles cases, bringing the total to almost 4700. "We can and must move swiftly to stop this deadly outbreak in its tracks".

Data presented by health officials early this week during a cabinet meeting shows a 99.7 percent vaccination rate for mumps, measles and rubella in the territory, officials said.

But Dr Tufa said more needed to be done for children aged one to five, for whom the immunisation rate stood at 84.7 per cent.

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Outbreaks in other parts of the Pacific, such as Tonga, Fiji and American Samoa, have been easier to contain due to higher immunization rates, with no reports of deaths.

As of December 8, about 90 percent of all eligible people in Samoa have been vaccinated against measles. "Basically life has come to a standstill for the island".

About 34,000 people were immunized over two days, officials said.

The mission was coordinated by medical doctor and Lieutenant Governor Josh Green who worked with Samoan leaders, the World Health Organisation and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, officials said. "It's protecting their future generations", Tsai said.

The outbreak total has reached 4,693 since September, or slightly more than 2 percent of the population.

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