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15 Nov 2019 description

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

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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.

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.

11 Nov 2019 description

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

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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.

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08 Nov 2019 description
report Government of Fiji

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is declaring an outbreak of measles for the Serua/Namosi Subdivision. There have been two (2) confirmed cases and two (2) suspected cases reported from Wailali Settlement in Wainadoi. Three (3) of the cases have recovered or are recovering at home, and one is currently admitted in hospital.

Anyone who was in Navua Hospital on the evening of Tuesday 4th of November, or in the IMCI children’s clinic on the morning of Wednesday 5th November is requested to please contact the Subdivisional Medical Officer using the phone numbers below

07 Nov 2019 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Samoa, Tonga

Other updates:

Measles

  • Samoa: As of 4 November 2019 there have been 513 suspected measles cases with 48 laboratory confirmed cases.

To date, there has been three measles-related mortalities; a 14-month old, an 8-month old; and a 37-year old, all highly suspected measles and all awaiting laboratory confirmation. (For further details please refer to Samoa measles outbreak Situation report No.3 posted on PacNet)

07 Nov 2019 description
report Government of Samoa

Key points

  • As of 4 November 2019 there have been 513 suspected measles cases with 48 laboratory confirmed cases.

  • To date, there has been three measles-related mortality; a 14-month old an 8-month old; and a 37-year old, all highly suspected measles and all awaiting laboratory confirmation

  • Of the 513 suspected cases, 62% are children less than 5 years of age; 10% age 5-14 years; 15% age 15-24 years; 7% age 25-35 years; 6% age 35 and above and 1% age not recorded.

07 Nov 2019 description

In response to recent outbreaks of measles in the Pacific, and as the holiday season nears, UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are urging the public to ensure they are immunized before travelling internationally, attending sports events or other large community gatherings, and strongly encouraging parents to vaccinate their children against this serious disease. Vaccination provides the safest and best protection against measles.

07 Nov 2019 description

Samoa's Ministry of Health is looking into the death of a two-year-old boy, as the number of suspected measles cases in the country climbs.

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05 Nov 2019 description

Jenny Meyer, in Apia, Samoa.
@jennymeyer43 | jenny.meyer@rnz.co.nz

Strict visiting restrictions are in place at Samoa's hospitals and clinics in an effort to curb the spread of the highly infectious measles virus.

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04 Nov 2019 description

The Samoan government will close all schools in the country due to the current measles epidemic. The Cabinet has approved for all primary schools to be closed from 15 November and all high schools as of 29 November. More than 300 people, mostly young children, were suspected to have the viral illness. 3 people have died from suspected measles cases since the declaration of the epidemic last month.

04 Nov 2019 description

Samoa's Ministry of Health is consolidating its resources to better deal with the current measles epidemic, following three deaths that are highly suspected to be from measles.

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31 Oct 2019 description
report Government of Samoa

Ministry of Health – Measles Epidemic Update 4

Further to the Ministry of Health Measles Epidemic Update released on the 24 October 2019:
Following is an update of the figures since the Ministry of Health report dated the 24 October:

 As of 27thOctober 2019 there have been 314 suspected measles cases with 15 confirmed cases. There are 146 laboratory results pending.

 To date, there has been three related mortality; a 14 month-old; a 8 month old and a 37 year old, all are suspected to be measles related, currently awaiting laboratory test;

31 Oct 2019 description
  • The Ministry of Health of Samoa has reported two measles-related deaths. As of 27 October, there are 314 suspected measles cases with 15 confirmed cases and 146 laboratory results pending. 56% (176) of the cases are children under-4. The government has closed all pre-schools to protect children under-5 from the virus.

  • A measles epidemic was declared in Samoa earlier this month and has also spread to Tonga, New Zealand and Australia.