4 more claimed by Samoa's measles epidemic bringing death toll to 48

4 more claimed by Samoa's measles epidemic bringing death toll to 48

By Semi Turaga
Monday 02/12/2019

The death toll in Samoa's measles epidemic has risen to 48, with another four people dying over the weekend.

Most of the dead are children under four years old, and the number of infections in that age group is still on the rise.

Radio NZ reports more than 1700 children less than four years old are infected with the disease.

There are nearly 200 people with measles who are in-patients at health facilities, and the admissions include 21 critically ill children and two pregnant women.

Radio NZ

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