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Samoa Government Building
Apia, SAMOA — The state of emergency in Samoa, declared due to the measles epidemic, has been extended to 29 December 2019. It was due to have ended on Sunday, 15 December. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said it had been extended so as to administer vaccinations to the remaining...
Maa Nonu with Tofiga Fepuleai
Apia, SAMOA — New Zealand born Samoan, Maa Nonu, one of the New Zealand All Blacks all-time best utility player in the backs is in the country as a “Son of Samoa,” Maa Nonu with world renowned stand-up comedian Tofiga Fepuleai is part of a delegation of Samoans overseas here to distribute gifts to...
 A girl receiving a vaccine
Apia, SAMOA — More than 5000 measles cases have been reported in Samoa since the outbreak began in mid-October, the government says. The death toll from Samoa's measles outbreak remains at 72 - the same as yesterday's toll. About 90 percent of the measles-related fatalities are aged four years or...
A woman walking on the street in Apia wearing a mask
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Ministry of Health confirms a total of 4,995 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 75 recorded in the last 24 hours. There are currently 176 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of...
Woman receives a measles vaccination in Fiji
Apia, SAMOA — Another person has died from measles in Samoa, taking the death toll from the outbreak to 71. Samoa's Ministry of Health said the death occured within the last 24 hours. During that time 83 more cases of measles were recorded, taking the total number for the outbreak to 4898. The...
Measles epidemic poster
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan anti-vaccination advocate has been granted bail with strict conditions after his first court appearance this week. Edwin Tamasese has been charged with incitement against the government vaccination order last week after he allegedly published a post on social media against...
aA“priority shipment” of vaccine at Hawaiian Airlines' “chiller”
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In an effort to contain further spread of measles in American Samoa, the Health Department will “launch an all-out mass vaccination” from Dec. 13-20, with a target of more than 12,000 local residents, especially those who were not born here but have lived in the...
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaiian Airlines is offering travel waivers for passengers who had booked tickets for American Samoa routes. Nine cases of the measles have been reported in American Samoa, and as Hawaii News Now reported on Sunday, health officials are advising travelers to take precautions if...
Kennedy Pola and Troy Polamalu
Apia, SAMOA — En route to delivering 50 Luminaid Solar Lanterns for the Fiji Red Cross, Cool Stuff got to enjoy October 26, 2019 as a normal hectic Apia Saturday. I battled the bank lines at BSP, enjoyed shopping the new fashions at Eveni Carruthers, rewarded myself with Pinati’s vaimoa, stirfry,...
Mothers and children waiting at a hospital in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — Some parents of children with measles in Samoa appear to be panicking over the care their infants are receiving, with at least three families reportedly taking their children out of hospital against medical advice. New Zealand Red Cross nurse Karen Page, who has been based in Apia...

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