Death Toll Rises in Samoa Measles Outbreak – Update No.7

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Samoa's ICU at Motootua National Hospital

NATIONAL EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTRE: (PRESS RELEASE 7) November 23, 2019

UPDATE ON THE MEASLES OUTBREAK

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 1,797 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 153 recorded in the last 24 hours.

To date, 22 measles related deaths have been recorded, with two fatalities in the past 24 hours.

Samoa’s ICU

Majority of the measles cases are in Upolu. About 92% of current measles admissions are children, including 11 critically ill children in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

There are currently 147 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 120 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 1 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH), 2 at Sataua District Hospital, 1 at Foailalo District Hospital and 23 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital.

VACCINATION UPDATE:
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

On the 20 November 2019, a Mass Vaccination Campaign was activated special fixed sites and mobile outreach vaccination teams, targeting areas with low immunization coverage, mainly Vaimauga West and Faleata West. To date, approximately 10,128 people received vaccinations through this campaign.

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.