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Samoa Measles Epidemic Death Toll Reaches 70

EPA / UPG

A devastating measles outbreak continued to spread in Samoa, as the death toll from the epidemic climbed to 70, mostly young children, Al-Jazeera reports.

Official figures showed there were 112 new cases in the 24 hours to Monday morning, following a mass immunisation drive last week that saw the entire Pacific nation shut down for two days.

The country remains under a state of emergency with no one under the age of 19 allowed to attend public gatherings.

The government said the mobile vaccination teams had succeeded in ensuring 90 percent of the 200,000-strong population was immunised, up from around 30 percent when the epidemic began in mid-October.

However, the vaccine takes as long as 14 days to take effect, meaning it is too early to say whether the outbreak has peaked.


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