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Death toll from measles epidemic in Samoa climbs to 44

Death toll from measles epidemic in Samoa climbs to 44

By Iva Danford
Saturday 30/11/2019
[Photo:RNZ]

Five more deaths, including two babies less than a year old, have been recorded in the past 24 hours in Samoa and the death toll from the measles epidemic in Samoa has climbed to 44.

The Samoan government says a further 208 cases have been reported in the past day bringing the total number of people infected to 3,357.

Radio New Zealand reports that a mass vaccination campaign is underway with dozens of New Zealand and Australian nurses in Samoa to assist.

Health authorities have been urging the country's parents to immunise their children, with more than 54,000 people having been vaccinated so far.

[Source:RNZ]

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