Death Toll Reaches 60 with 20 Critically Ill Children at ICU

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There have been 5 more measles related deaths reported in the past 24 hours taking the death toll to 60 as Government prepares a whole of nation shut down to impliment a mass door to door vaccination campaign.

The 5 deaths include one baby under 5 months, one baby under 11 months and a teenager 15-19 years as well as 2 adults – one in the bracket of 20-29 years and another aged 30-39 years.

The latest report also shows that 2 more babies have been admiited to ICU with the number of critically ill moving from 18 to 20 today. There also remains 2 postnatal women at TTM hospital.

There are 171 more recorded cases in the last 24 hours taking the number from 3,881 to 4,052.

Only 3 additional cases have been admitted as in-patients. There were 174 in-patients yesterday and 177 today.

The Government are implementing a Door to Door Mass Vaccination Campaign tomorrow Thursday 5th and Friday 6th December 2019. The public are asked to place a red ribbon on their doors or on the road.

Update No. 18 in Verbatim:

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 4,052 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 171 recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 177 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 142 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 4 at Poutasi District Hospital, 1 at Lalomanu DH, 22 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 6 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH) 1 at Foailalo DH and 1 at Safotu District Hospital. Admissions include 20 critically ill children in ICU/HDU and 3 pregnant women and 2 postnatal at TTMH.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,246. Of that, 1,009 (81%) patients have been discharged. Recovery rate has remained constant since the last update.

To date, 60 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 5 fatalities in the last 24 hours.