2 more babies lose fight to measles – death toll now 44

 

Source: National Emergency Operation Centre

 

APIA, SAMOA – 30 NOVEMBER 2019: Two more babies, less than a year old, have died in the past 24 hours to the devastating measles epidemic and pushing the death toll to 44.

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 3,357 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.  There were 208 recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 189 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities.  Of this, 160 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 3 at Poutasi District Hospital, 3 at Lalomanu District Hospital, 19 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 2 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH) and 2 at Sataua District Hospital.  Admissions include 21 critically ill children in ICU/HDU and 3 pregnant women at TTMH.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 957.  Of that, 727 patients have been discharged.

To date, 44 measles related deaths have been recorded, with 2 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

 

A breakdown of the statistics is as follows: 

Age group Measles cases last 24 hours Total measles cases Total measles-related deaths
0-5 months 12 238 7
6-11 months 24 415 13
01-4 years 62 1046 20
05-9 years 21 321 0
10-14 years 6 102 1
15-19 years 23 348 2
20-29 years 43 518 0
30-39 years 11 210 1
40-49 years 4 94 0
50+ years 1 14 0
missing age 1 51 0
Total 208 3357 44

* Table subject to update as new data becomes available

 

VACCINATION UPDATE:

A total of 32,743 vaccinations were completed before the Mass Vaccination Campaign. Of these, the age groups are outlined below:

  • 6months to 4 years – 4222
  • 5 to 19 years – 14,145
  • 20 to 39 years – 9,283
  • 40-49 years – 3058
  • 50+ – 2035

Since the activation of the Mass Vaccination Campaign on 20 November 2019, the Ministry has successfully vaccinated 54,046 individuals, of that 39,844 were vaccinated in Upolu and 14,202 in Savaii.