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 The father of Ferolini Mala with members of the ASA Foundation
Apia, SAMOA — Another baby has died from measles in Samoa, taking the death toll from the outbreak to 73 people. Ferolini Mala, a one-year-old baby girl, died on Sunday at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole hospital in Apia, the 73rd victim of the epidemic in Samoa. To date, 5267 measles cases have been...
John Fitisemanu, in the background holding his U.S. National passport
Woods Cross, UTAH — John Fitisemanu woke up early Friday morning, got dressed and finally completed one of the tasks on a more than 20-year-old to-do list: He registered to vote. For less than a day, Fitisemanu, who was born in American Samoa, was legally considered a full-fledged American citizen...
Samoan girl receiving a vaccine
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Observer is reporting that there have been no fatalities in the last 24 hours ending Sunday night (Samoa time) as new measles cases continue to drop in Samoa, according to the latest Government update. It is the third consecutive day without fatalities and all new measles...
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Seattle, WASHINGTON — The federal court in Seattle, Washington has scheduled a jury trial early next year for a Samoan woman who is alleged to have used identities of children actually living in American Samoa and Samoa to obtain federal benefits. Charges against thirty-nine-year old Iliganoa...
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and its education committee members are pleased to announce the availability of up to three undergraduate or graduate scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year — the deadline is March 2, 2020. These scholarships support...
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...

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