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 File photo of police canine on drug sniffing duty at Mulifanua Wharf
Apia, SAMOA — Inbound travellers by sea or air are warned of trained police dogs on duty at the main airports and seaports in Samoa that can sniff out illegal drugs. Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clark gave the warning at the sentencing of  Mr. Tafuna Tauialo who was caught in possession of the...
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...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The death toll from the measles epidemic in Samoa has climbed to 44. Five more deaths, including two of babies less than a year old, have been recorded in the past 24 hours. The Samoan government says a further 208 cases have been reported in the past day bringing the total number of...
Schuster with her lawyer Treena Atoa
Apia, SAMOA — A mother of four in Samoa has been given until January to arrange care for her children before being sentenced for drug offences. Christina Schuster, 42, was found guilty yesterday of possession of marijuana for the purpose of sale. Her husband, who pleaded guilty to the same charges...
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...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 2,936 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.  There were 250 recorded in the last 24 hours. Radio New Zealand is reporting that the mass vaccination campaign is still underway with...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — A police prosecutor in Samoa has been suspended in connection with the death of a 20-year-old man over the weekend. Sergeant Khamtahn Stanley has been suspended but it is not known what role, if any, he played, the Samoa Observer reports. Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil,...
Anti-vaxxer Taylor Winterstein (l) and Dr Brad Robinson (r)
Brisbane, AUSTRALIA — An Australian doctor has blasted a high-profile anti-vaccination advocate for dubbing Samoa "NaziSamoa" for its mandatory vaccine efforts. The island nation's measles outbreak has worsened, claiming claimed 33 lives, despite the country's Mass Vaccination Campaign. Taylor ...

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