Samoa measles deaths soar to 83

World | 7 Jan 2020 3:41 pm

Samoa's Ministry of Health confirmed today two more deaths in the island nation's measles epidemic, bringing the death toll to 83 since the measles outbreak in mid-October, Xinhua reports.

The Samoan Ministry of Health said that an infant and and adult, died between December 29 and January 5.

A total of 5,697 measles cases have been reported to the disease surveillance team so far with 30 new cases recorded during the same period.

Sixteen people with measles are in hospital, including four critically ill children.

Currently, there are no travel restrictions or vaccination requirement to Samoa.

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