National Emergency Operation Centre: Update on the measles outbreak (Press Release 41) December 27, 2019

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The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 5,634 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 22 recorded in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 46 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 40 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 2 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 1 at Poutasi, 1 at Lalomanu District Hospital and 2 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH). Admissions include 9 critically ill children in ICU/HDU.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,835. Of that, 1,708 (93%) patients have been discharged.

To date, 81 measles related deaths have been recorded. There were no fatalities in the last 24 hours.


As of December 26, 2019, approximately 95% of all eligible people in Samoa have been vaccinated against measles.

NEOC continues to be the focal point providing collaboration and operational coordination amongst all stakeholders, with advice and technical guidance from MOH for the duration of the Emergency Period.

Please direct all enquiries to the National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) on telephone number 997, and 911 for Emergencies.