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Samoa's Ministry of Health has confirmed the number of deaths from the measles outbreak has risen to 70, as of last night.
The latest update reveals that 112 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours - with a total of 4,693 measles cases reported so far since the outbreak to the Disease Surveillance Team.
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 two fatalities in the last 24 hours.
On the nation-wide vaccination campaign, government has revealed an approximately 90 percent coverage of all eligible people in Samoa, the numbers heightened by the compulsory two days stop work to vaccinate all the citizens of the Pacific nation.
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.
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