Samoa – Measles (DG ECHO, government, WHO, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 11 October 2019)

  • The Ministry of Health held a news conference in Apia on 9 October to announce a suspected measles case that may be transmitted from the Auckland outbreak. The MoH further reported if lab results sent to Australia were positive, an outbreak would be declared.
  • The Government of Samoa plans to set up isolation facilities for patients with measles, creating space in Apia for a children's pop-up vaccination clinic to speed up herd immunity, and extra airport passenger surveillance.
  • World Health Organisation warns against unnecessary air travel to Samoa.