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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...
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...
Health inspection station at the Pago Pago Intl Airport
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This past Tuesday, the local Department of Health released an official statement notifying the public of “two travel-related suspected measles cases in American Samoa.” The measles epidemic in neighboring Samoa continues to make headlines in the Pacific Region. And while...
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,...
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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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Health authorities in American Samoa say two children visiting from neighbouring Samoa are suspected of having measles and are in hospital care. Physician Saipale Fuimaono has told KHJ News that blood samples from the two are being sent to Hawaii for testing, with...
Posters warning about measles in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan family of a two-year-old boy, who died of suspected measles a week ago, is now also mourning the death of his one-year-old sister, who is also thought to have died from the virus. The family held a double burial on Saturday for the siblings, who first went to Apia's...
Customs Agent Elama Tupufia Lefiti, Health Inspector Tasi Toalima, Dr. Pushpa K.Yadav, and Quarantine Inspector Tuamaalo  Seuma’ala of the Agricultural Department
Customs Agent Elama Tupufia Lefiti, Health Inspector Tasi Toalima, Dr. Pushpa K.Yadav, and Quarantine Inspector Tuamaalo  Seuma’ala of the Agricultural Department were hard at work Sunday afternoon at the airport arrival gate making sure arriving passengers were fully checked for any symptoms of...
Photo of MMR vaccine and needle
Apia, SAMOA — The Government of Samoa Ministry of Health yesterday issued a followup of their “Measles Prevention” public notice sent out last week, advising that they are continuing to reinforce the immediate closure of all pre-schools and child daycare facilities “to further prevent the spread of...
A woman working at Bluesky wearing a surgical face mask
Apia, SAMOA — Strict visiting restrictions are in place at Samoa's hospitals and clinics in an effort to curb the spread of the highly infectious measles virus. Taupou Tauvela, 28, was breastfeeding her 17-month baby Neoalina on an outside bench seat as she waited for her husband to seek treatment...

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