Measles outbreak leads to the closure of public services in Samoa

04 Décembre, 2019, 17:42 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Officials advised residents to "tie a red cloth or red flag in front of their houses and near the road to indicate that family members have not been vaccinated".

Mr. Malielegaoi said during the press conference: "Let us work together to encourage and convince those who do not believe that vaccinations are the only answer to the epidemic".

The Samoan government is set to shut down tomorrow for two days in an aim to have workers help with the mass vaccination campaign.

Keven Snelgrove, Transport and Operations Director of Tranzurban - one of Metlink's operators - says all the drivers are aware of the measles crisis in Samoa and are keen to do their part to help.

60 people have now died in the outbreak, with 171 new cases reported in the past 24 hours. Any child vaccinated before 12 months of age will still need two further doses of MMR at 15 months and 4 years for long term protection. The death toll has risen from 55 on Monday.

On Tuesday, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said anyone flying to Samoa with children should consider delaying their travel.

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Nevertheless, each worldwide locations have far greater vaccination charges - greater than 90% in each global locations - and have thus far not reported any deaths.

Keni Lesa, editor of the Samoa Observer, explained to NPR the deaths sparked a spread of anti-vaccine misinformation, which made parents "scared to take their kids to get vaccinated".

Other nations in the Pacific region, such as New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji, have also seen an uptick in measles cases.

Stewart says they are stories not about a virus, they are stories of real people, real hurt, and real tragedy.

A stock image shows a needle being inserted into a vial.

The World Health Organization and UNICEF report that the country's measles vaccination rate for infants was just 31 percent in 2018, which is lower than the 6-0 to 70 percent in the past years, and a high rate of 90 percent in 2013.

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