Update Reports Can’t Keep Up with the Measles Death Toll

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The death toll was already rumoured to have been 32 yesterday but the official count was announced at only 25. Today the death toll of 32 is now confirmed, but does that include the deaths of the past 24 hours as 243 additional cases are confirmed.

Yesterday at 1.30pm, 10 month old Jeremiah took his last breath, and this morning just after 11am another child under 2 years old is reported to have passed away at TTM Motootua hospital.

Also at TTM this morning, the parents and grandparents of a 1 year old baby were told by doctors that there was nothing more they could do.

Press Release no.10 issued at 12pm Tuesday 26th November is as follows:

lNATIONAL EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTRE: (PRESS RELEASE 10) November 26, 2019

UPDATE ON THE MEASLES OUTBREAK

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 2,437 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 243 recorded in the last 24 hours.

To date, 32 measles related deaths have been recorded.

There are currently 176 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 146 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 5 at Poutasi District Hospital, 3 at Lalomanu District Hospital, 11 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 2 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH), 3 at Foailalo District Hospital, 2 at Sataua and 4 at Safotu District Hospital.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 766. Of that, 558 patients have been discharged.

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 24,000 individuals in both Upolu and Savaii.