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Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — There have been another two deaths in Samoa's measles epidemic, bringing the toll to 55. It's the seventh day the death toll has risen, with children making up almost all of the dead. In the past 24 hours, there were another 153 cases of measles recorded, bringing the total to more...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government-led fundraiser to assist Samoa with the measles epidemic, which has claimed over 50 lives, will be launched today, and all government employees are given a threshold for donation of $10 while cabinet members and deputy directors have a higher amount to...
Sevens Team Mates send Laaloi Leilua well wishes for his return home.
Dubai, UAE — The Manu Samoa Sevens squad have been affected by the measles outbreak with Laaloi Leilua having to return to Samoa to be with his 4 week old baby girl who has contracted the measles virus. Sir Gordon Tietchens announced the squad changes on the Manu Samoa Sevens Facebook Page. “Laaloi...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi addressing Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government is to shut down on Thursday and Friday this week so all public sector workers can help with the country's mass measles vaccination campaign. Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Maleilegaoi announced the measure on Monday evening in a nationwide address. He said all...
Samoa Air employees answering the call for blood last Friday
Apia, SAMOA —  To date, 53 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 5 fatalities in the last 24 hours. The young are the most vulnerable with the following statistics released by the National Emergency Operation Center as follows: Age group of 1- 4 years comprises the greatest amount of...
Mother holding baby as doctor touches its head
Apia, SAMOA — The death toll in Samoa's measles epidemic has risen to 48, with another four people dying this weekend. Most of the dead are children under four years old, and the number of infections in that age group is still on the rise. More than 1700 children less than four years old are...
Nuu and Baby Mina
Apia, SAMOA — “I can’t sleep at night. Everytime I close my eyes I see her little face and I start to cry. I miss her so much and when I remember our 1 week and 2 days of pain in the hospital, watching her lying hopeless on the bed, fighting for her life I cry myself to sleep”. Nuu Faailo Lameko is...
Fritz Alai'asa's clinic in Vaivase-Ta
Apia, SAMOA — A controversial 'healer' in Samoa - who attacked a Checkpoint crew who tried to talk to him this week - has been shut down by authorities as the measles crisis escalates. Forty-four people are now dead, with the health authorities urging the country's parents to immunize their...
Samoa's Ministry of Health Headquarters
Apia, SAMOA — There have been three more measles-related deaths in Samoa, taking the toll to 42 since the outbreak began in October. The government said there had also been 3149 measles confirmed cases of the disease, more than 200 of those in the last 24 hours. Nearly 200 people are currently...
Man being inoculated with the MMR vaccine
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa's Health Department is stepping up requirements for proof of immunisation for travelers from Samoa entering the territory. As the Mumps Measles and Rubella vaccine takes 14 days to build up one's immunity to measles, the Department is now requiring...

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