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The Measles Outbreak in Samoa Still Isn’t Over

It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago we were all talking about the big measles epidemic in Samoa.

Need an update on the measles outbreak in Samoa?
Need an update on the measles outbreak in Samoa?

Remember?

The Measles Outbreak in Samoa Still Isn’t Over

Have you heard anything since then?

Me neither…

We already know that:

  • on October 9, we got the first report of a measles case in Samoa
  • the first measles death was on October 15
  • a measles epidemic was declared on October 16
  • all preschools and daycare centers were closed on October 31
  • a Measles State of Emergency was declared on November 15
  • an influx of help to support the measles response increased in November and December
  • a nationwide mass vaccination campaign was launched on December 5th and 6th

So what happened next?

At least 83 people died in the measles epidemic in Samoa.
At least 83 people died in the measles epidemic in Samoa.

The mass immunization campaign worked to control the epidemic.

It isn’t over, but there were only two measles cases in Samoa last week!

And no one is currently hospitalized and no one has died with measles in several weeks.

Let’s hope the trend continues and they get back to zero cases.

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