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Suva, FIJI — On Sunday 17 November, a member of the Tonga Women’s XV team was reported to the Fiji Ministry of Health & Medical Services and Oceania Rugby to have suspected symptoms of measles. In light of the widespread outbreak of measles in the region – Samoa, Tonga, Australia, New Zealand...
Bumble Bee tuna cans
New York, NEW YORK — US canned seafood giant Bumble Bee Foods is planning on filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and place itself for sale, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, said legal costs stemming from the company's...
Samoa Victim's Support Helpline poster
Apia, SAMOA — A father facing 79 charges of rape and 79 charges of incest appeared again before the Supreme Court of Samoa this week asking to be released from custody in order to take care of his wife. The man who has been granted name suppression to protect the identity of the victim, his own...
Samoa govt measles posters
Apia, SAMOA — According to sources within the public health service, the death toll from the measles epidemic went from 14 to 16 as Samoa’s National Disaster Advisory Committee sessions were held Saturday (Samoa time). Following the State of Emergency declaration Friday night, an order has been...
strange lights in the sky
Honolulu, HAWAII — If you didn’t see the strange lights over Hawaii skies Tuesday night, maybe you caught a glimpse of them Wednesday night. And as many have speculated, we now know a bit more about what was seen. “I was jumping up and down, freaking out like, ‘What is that? What is that?’ It...
A child with measles
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Director General of Health, Leausa Take Naseri has disputed claims being spread online about a cure for the measles virus.  Speaking to the media in a press conference this week, he said that there are so many 'cures' being spread on the internet, that vulnerable parents...
Cases of Panadol intercepted at the wharf in Pago Pago.
Apia, SAMOA — American Samoa authorities have seized 10 cases of over-the-counter medication that were imported into the American territory from Samoa. The boxes of panadol were shipped to the American territory on the inter island vessel Lady Naomi, and were immediately impounded as the local...
Motusa Tuileama Nua.
Apia, SAMOA — American Samoa authorities have rubbished reports that it plans to close its border with Samoa. But Samoans planning to travel to the territory should carry their immunisation records, as those who are unable to produce them will be turned back. American Samoa Director of Health,...
Samoa’s Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — The former Methodist Church Minister, Tugia Tuliau pleaded guilty Monday to 10 charges of sexual connection with a minor. The 10 charges include one of rape, seven sexual conduct and two counts of indecent acts on a family member. Judge Leiataualesā Daryl Clarke suggested sentence...
MMR vaccine
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A hospital out of vaccines. Families resisting quarantine. Boatloads of visitors screened for disease. As the Pacific grapples with a deadly measles outbreak originating in New Zealand, some of the region's smallest states are seeing their health systems put under increasing...

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