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19 Nov 2019 description

Highlights/updates since the last map was sent on PacNet on 12 November 2019

Measles

19 Nov 2019 description
report Government of Fiji

Since the last update on November 15th 2019 there are now 7 confirmed cases of measles from Serua/Namosi Subdivision.

The latest confirmed cases are a 7 month old from Wainadoi, a 3 month old from Wainadoi, and a 19 year old from Navunikabi in Namosi. There are 2 more suspected cases in Navunikabi Namosi. The 7 month old and 3 month old babies are currently admitted under isolation at Navua hospital. The Serua/Namosi Outbreak Response Team has implemented response measures – including isolation of the cases, quarantine and vaccination of contacts and at risk communities.

19 Nov 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF is supporting the Government of Samoa to respond to a measles outbreak in the country. The Government of Samoa officially declared a state of emergency on 15 November 2019, four weeks into the continuing measles outbreak with more than 1000 suspected cases so far. The epidemic has claimed the lives of 14 children under-five years old and one adult.

19 Nov 2019 description

By Tasha Wibawa

Key points:
- Low immunisation coverage has been attributed as a major factor
- Local media has reported more than 700 suspected cases of measles
- Other neighbouring nations such as Fiji and Tonga are also affected
- The move comes amid a deadly measles outbreak in the nation.

**Samoa's Government has announced a compulsory mass vaccination campaign, making receiving immunisations a mandatory legal requirement.//

18 Nov 2019 description

RT HON WINSTON PETERS

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak.

“New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said.

“A New Zealand Medical Assistance Team (NZMAT) of ten doctors and nurses and support staff will deploy to Apia early tomorrow.”

18 Nov 2019 description

Key points:

  • The Samoan Government ordered children under the age of 17 not to attend public gatherings

  • Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga made proof of measles immunisation a condition of entry for visitors in American Samoa

  • In Tonga all government primary schools and kindergartens have been shut

Samoa's Government has declared a state of emergency, ordering all schools, including the National University of Samoa, to be closed as a deadly measles outbreak continues to spread.

17 Nov 2019 description
report Government of Fiji

RIAZ HASSAN

National Update

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is pleased to see the positive support from the members of the public in their proactive efforts to contain the measles outbreak in Serua/Namosi by presenting for immunisation and reporting symptoms. The measles outbreak is still confined to the Serua/Namosi Subdivision, and specifically the Wailali Settlement in Wainadoi.

15 Nov 2019 description

The worst is still to come in Samoa's measles epidemic, according to the country's top health official.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

15 Nov 2019 description

RT HON WINSTON PETERS

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak.

“In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines and 12 nurses to assist in containing a serious and growing measles outbreak,” Mr Peters said.

15 Nov 2019 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia, Northern Marianna Islands, Tonga, Wallis and Futuna

Other updates:

Measles

15 Nov 2019 description

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak.

“In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines and 12 nurses to assist in containing a serious and growing measles outbreak,” Mr Peters said.

“Measles is highly contagious, and the outbreak has taken lives in Samoa. It is in everybody’s interests that we work together to stop its spread.”

13 Nov 2019 description
  • The Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of Health of Tonga announced the closure of all government primary schools from 14-25 November 2019 to further contain the outbreak of measles. The Ministry of Health advised people in Tonga to take precautionary measures to minimize the spread of measles, especially among students

13 Nov 2019 description
report Government of Tonga

The Ministry of Education and Training, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, would like to announce a temporary closure of ALL government primary schools from Thursday 14th Nov to Monday 25th November 2019. The closure of all primary schools is to further contain the outbreak of measles, which is more likely to happen when children are gathering together in large numbers, as in schools. The primary schools will resume from 25th November to enable them to provide students’ academic reports and conduct their prize giving ceremonies.

13 Nov 2019 description

Éléments nouveaux/faits marquants intervenus depuis la diffusion de la carte précédente sur PacNet, le 4 novembre 2019

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12 Nov 2019 description
report Government of Fiji

SUNIL CHANDRA

Serua/Namosi update:

To date the measles outbreak is confined to the Serua/Namosi Subdivision, and specifically the Wailali Settement in Wainadoi. A Measles Taskforce has been convened by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to coordinate the response to the outbreak and assist the respective divisional and subdivisional teams.

Since the last update on 7th November there has been zero new cases – one of the suspected cases from the 7th November update was subsequently confirmed to have measles after lab testing.

12 Nov 2019 description

Highlights/updates since the last map was sent on PacNet on 4 November 2019

Measles

11 Nov 2019 description

Six people in Fiji have been quarantined in their homes as authorities contend with the Pacific's latest measles outbreak.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

08 Nov 2019 description

Jenny Meyer
@jennymeyer43 jenny.meyer@rnz.co.nz

Samoa's government is asking the public not to panic over the measles outbreak, as it moves to lower the age the first dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination can be given to six months.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International