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Two nurses in Samoa wearing masks during the measles epidemic
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples is warning holiday travel to Samoa may worsen the measles epidemic. On Tuesday, the Samoan government said 16 people had died from the disease, of which more than 1100 cases have been reported. Aupito Su'a William Sio said he was...
Tu'ivale Luamanuvae beside the graves of his three children
Apia, SAMOA — Local media in Samoa is reporting there have now been 16 deaths, 15 of which are children, as the nation's measles crisis continues to cause a state of emergency. The number is up from 11 reported the day before. 1 NEWS Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver told TVNZ1’s Breakfast...
Nurse carries vaccine delivery of MMR in Samoa
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand has announced a deployment of 18 more vaccination nurses to support the Samoan government's response to the measles epidemic. Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters said that would bring the total number of New Zealand nurses up to 30 working in Samoa over...
Oceania Rugby logo
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...

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