Baby Dies at ICU on Christmas Day


It was a sad Christmas for the family of one of our babies who had been fighting for their life at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital Intesive Care Unit. The Samoa measles epidemic has claimed the life of a baby on Christmas Day.

Press Release No.40 issued today confirms that the death toll has reached 81 with the latest victim being one of the babies being treated at ICU.

“To date, 81 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 1 fatality (child under 5 years old) in the last 24 hours.”

Yesterday’s report confirmed 8 babies and 1 adult in ICU. Today only 7 babies remain at ICU and 3 adults indicating that 2 more have been admitted with the measles.

Adults seem to now be affected by the measles outbreak. On Monday evening 23rd December, 47 year old father and grandfather, Filia Solomona Sofeni of Luatauanuu passed away of the measles while being treated at the TTMH ICU.

A 39 year old male was in ICU yesterday fighting for his life and today, the latest NEOC report confirms that 2 more adults have been admitted to ICU.



The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 5,612 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 9 recorded in the last 24 hours for Upolu. There were no new cases for Savai’i.

There are currently 43 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 37 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 2 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 1 at Poutasi, 1 at Lalomanu District Hospital and 2 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH). Admissions include 7 critically ill children and 3 adult in ICU/HDU.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,823. Of that, 1,699 (93%) patients have been discharged.

To date, 81 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 1 fatality (child under 5 years old) in the last 24 hours.


As of December 25, 2019, approximately 95% of all eligible people in Samoa have been vaccinated against measles.

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.