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Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — An 80th person is confirmed to have died in the last 24 hours in the measles epidemic sweeping Samoa. According to the government's emergency operation centre, there have been 5600 cases reported since the outbreak in the island nation, which has a population under 200,000. The latest...
Kerisimasi Teo
Apia, SAMOA — When mortuary assistant and heath porter, Kerisimasi Teo, started at his new job at the TTM Hospital in Samoa 4 months ago, he never imagined having to deal with the tragedy of children dying every day. He was slowly settling into his new job when the measles epidemic struck. Instead...
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Apia, SAMOA — There have been no deaths from Samoa's measles epidemic in the past three days - with the toll standing at 79. Samoa's Ministry of Health said there had been another 28 confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number to 5580. Sixty-four people remain in hospital,...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has urged parents not to hide their children from vaccinators or refuse to have them vaccinated. That comes after the death of a baby from Moto'otua, who had allegedly been hidden during the recent door-to-door vaccination campaign...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa government is reporting no new deaths from the measles epidemic in the 24 hours ending Sunday (Samoa time). MEASLES UPDATE The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 5,520 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There...
 Nurse April Wilson (L) and team leader Luisa Popo preparing vaccinations
Apia, SAMOA — Another baby has died in Samoa from measles as the epidemic claims its 79th life. The infant was younger than 12 months and died in the past day according to Samoa's Ministry of Health. A further 31 cases were recorded in the past 24 hours which continues a slowing in the number of...
Samoa’s Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — A former board chair of the National Bank of Samoa has been convicted of indecent assault. Peter Arthur Meredith, who is a prominent businessman, was found to have indecently assaulted a woman who is a manager of a tourist resort. The incident took place in July at a house rented by...
Photo of MMR vaccine and needle
Apia, SAMOA — Another child has died from the measles epidemic in Samoa, bringing the death toll to 78. Samoa's Ministry of Health said a child under the age of five had died in the past day. There have been another 39 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours (ending Friday Samoa time), taking the...
Nurse Fa'atafa Tavita (R) speaking with a father holding his child at the Apia Town Clinic
Apia, SAMOA — Another child under the age of five has died in Samoa's measles epidemic, bringing the toll to 77 on Thursday (Samoa time). The age group makes up almost all of the dead - 121 people remain in hospital, including 17 critically ill children. There were another 53 measles cases recorded...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — There have now been 76 measles-related deaths since Samoa's outbreak began, the government says. There are 126 people with measles in hospital, including 17 children in intensive care. Forty new measles cases have been reported in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of...

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