Death Toll Reaches 70 for Samoa Measles Outbreak


The National Emergency Operation Centre has iasued Update No.23 this morning confirming another 2 measles related deaths to take the death toll to 70.

Despite the success rate of in-patient cases being discharged from hospitals at 84% the death toll climbs daily with 16 critically ill babies and children at the Motootua ICU.

The 2 deaths are a child between 1 an 4 years of age and an adult between 20-29 years.



The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 4,693 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 112 recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 159 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 120 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 3 at Poutasi District Hospital, 2 at Lalomanu DH, 24 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 3 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH) 5 at Foailalo DH, 1 Sataua DH and 1 at Safotu District Hospital. Admissions include 16 critically ill children in ICU/HDU and 2 pregnant women at TTMH.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,477. Of that, 1,248 (84%) patients have been discharged. Recovery rate remains the same since the last update.

To date, 70 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 2 fatalities in the last 24 hours.


As of December 8th, 2019, approximately 90% of all eligible people in Samoa have been vaccinated against measles.

The estimated vaccination coverage in both Upolu and Savaii are:
o 85% of the targeted infants and children aged 6 months to 4 years old
o 96% of the targeted children aged 5 to 19 years old
o 105% of the targeted women aged 20 to 35 years old
o 86% of the targeted remaining population in Samoa

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.