Death Toll Reaches 20 As Measles Epidemic Rolls On

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  • Measles epidemic count
    Measles epidemic count

The Ministry of Health latest update report on the measles epidemic confirms a total of 1,644 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.  There were 202 recorded in the last 24 hours. 

To date, 20 measles related deaths have been recorded, with one fatality in the past 24 hours.

Approximately 89% of measles cases are in Upolu, and notably concentrated in the Vaimauga West and Faleata West. 92% of current measles admissions are children, including 11 critically ill children in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

There are currently 147 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities.  Of this, 120 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 1 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH), 2 at Sataua District Hospital, 1 at Foailalo District Hospital and 23 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital.

The total number of measles admissions recorded for the outbreak to date is 628.

NEOC continues to be the focal point for all information with strong collaboration and advice from MOH on all other efforts for the duration of the Emergency Period.