Death Toll at 42 and Continues to Climb in Samoa Measles Crisis


The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 3,149 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 213 recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 197 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 168 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 3 at Poutasi District Hospital, 2 at Lalomanu District Hospital, 21 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital and 3 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH). Admissions include 20 critically ill children in ICU/HDU and 3 pregnant women at TTMH.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 915. Of that, 676 patients have been discharged.

To date, 42 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 3 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

As 9f 12pm Friday 29th November 2019

A total of 32,743 vaccinations were completed before the Mass Vaccination Campaign. Of these, the age groups are outlined below:
 6months to 4 years – 4222
 5 to 19 years – 14,145
 20 to 39 years – 9,283
 40-49 years – 3058
 50+ – 2035
Since the activation of the Mass Vaccination Campaign on 20 November 2019, the Ministry has successfully vaccinated 50,068 individuals, of that 37,309 were vaccinated in Upolu and 12,759 in Savaii.

There remains a low turnout rate of infants and children aged 6 months to 4 years old. The Ministry of Health strongly advises families and parents to bring the children in for vaccination.

NEOC continues to be the focal point providing collaboration and operational coordination amongst all stakeholders, with advice and technical guidance from MOH for the duration of the Emergency Period.

Please direct all enquiries to the National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) on telephone number 997, and 911 for Emergencies.