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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 ...
Malia Lameta and Joyce Purcell with boxes of donations
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — There's been another death in Samoa's measles epidemic, bringing the toll to 33. All but 4 of the deaths are children under the age of 4, including one who died in the past 24 hours. In that same period, another 249 measles cases were reported, bringing the total to more...
Tanu (Utulei), Charles (Manu’a/Ili’ili), Tau (Manu’a/Atu’u), and Duffy (Manu’a/Petesa) with the American Samoa flag
Tattoo artists with roots in Tutuila & Manu’a represented American Samoa at the Tatau Tattoo Festival held last week in Samoa, where over 2,000 people passed through over a span of 3 days. A few are pictured here: Tanu (Utulei), Charles (Manu’a/Ili’ili), Tau (Manu’a/Atu’u), and Duffy (Manu’a/...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's top health official is appealing for help with the measles epidemic as the death toll continues to rise. At least 22 people have died — all but one of them children — and almost a dozen kids are in intensive care. Immunization against measles has been made mandatory under law...
U.S. Federal District Court for Western Dist. of Washington logo
Seattle WASHINGTON — A Samoan woman who is alleged to have used identities of children actually living in American Samoa and Samoa to obtain federal benefits, was charged last week at the federal court in Seattle, Washington under a 17-count indictment. Thirty-nine year old Iliganoa Theresa Lauofo...
 Aniseko Vaelei listening to his mother in court
Apia, SAMOA — A man who escaped prison in Samoa, invaded homes and robbed businesses in January and February, has been sentenced with ten more years added to his current three year jail term. Aniseko Vaelei escaped from the old Tafaigata prison with another inmate, Pati Chong Nee, who is still on...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — Two more people in Samoa have died in the measles outbreak that's killed 22. Samoa's Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet said 153 new measles cases have been recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 1797. About 92 percent of the 147 people being treated at health...

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