Measles Death Toll Climbs to 53

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NATIONAL EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTRE: (PRESS RELEASE 16) December 2, 2019

UPDATE ON THE MEASLES OUTBREAK

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 3,728 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 198 recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 183 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 155 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 4 at Poutasi District Hospital, 1 at Lalomanu District Hospital, 18 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 3 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH), 1 at Sataua District Hospital and 1 at Safotu District Hospital. Admissions include 19 critically ill children in ICU/HDU and 2 pregnant women and 1 postnatal at TTMH.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,129. Of that, 893 (79%) patients have been discharged.

To date, 53 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 5 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

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

Since the activation of the Mass Vaccination Campaign on 20 November 2019, the Ministry has successfully vaccinated 58,150 individuals, of that 43,529 were vaccinated in Upolu and 14,621 in Savaii.

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.

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