Ministry of Health Press Release 3 - Measles Epidemic

Report
from Government of Samoa
Published on 24 Oct 2019 View Original

Further to the Ministry of Health Measles Epidemic Update released on the 21 October 2019:
Following is an update of the figures since the Ministry of Health report dated the 21 October:  44 New suspected cases were reported to surveillance unit since the last update.

Majority of these new reported suspected measles cases being on Upolu island.

 This brings the total number of reported suspected measles cases as of the 22 October to a total of 213 suspected for Measles. Out of the 44 new suspect cases reported 7 (16%) were admitted to hospital.

 New Laboratory confirmed cases received yesterday afternoon since the 21 October is 8 bringing the total number of confirmed measles cases to 15 confirmed cases.

 The majority of people affected remains children below 10 years of age as well as those in the age bracket, 20 to 30 years of age.

 The Ministry of Health continues to encourage the public to get their measles vaccinations if they have not been vaccinated against measles or have not previously contacted measles.

 The Ministry will advise of the laboratory results are received for the suspected measles related death reported earlier.

The measles vaccination is available at all Health Facilities including:

 The Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH) on Upolu. The Immunization clinic is located at the TTMH Emergency Department.

 The Malietoa Tanumafili 11 Hospital (MT11H) on Savaii. The Immunization clinic is located at the MT2H emergency department.