It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago we were all talking about the big measles epidemic in Samoa.
The Measles Outbreak in Samoa Still Isn’t Over
Have you heard anything since then?
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?
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.
More on the Measles Outbreak in Samoa
- The Timeline of the Measles Epidemic in Samoa
- The Tragedy in Samoa Was Not Caused by the MMR Vaccine
- Who is Taylor Winterstein?
- Measles has peaked in Samoa…
- Measles in Samoa – a couple of referenced facts
- Samoa’s devastating measles epidemic – why and how bad?
- Antivaxxer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. writes to Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi about measles in the middle of an outbreak
- Antivaccine activists and the deadly measles outbreak in Samoa
- Measles Outbreak in the Pacific – Situation Report No 10, January 8, 2020
- Samoa ends measles state of emergency as infection rate slows
- ‘These babies should not have died’: How the measles outbreak took hold in Samoa
- Fact Check – Samoa “measles timeline” ignores reality of epidemic spread
- Learning from the Tragedy in Samoa