Measles crisis: Holiday hotspot in lockdown as death toll rises past 50

Unasa Iuni Sapolu

There are now more than 4 000 cases of measles recorded in the island nation's deeply religious population of around 200 000.

Metlink bus drivers across the region were donning colourful shirts today to raise money for those suffering from the measles outbreak in Samoa.

The government said nearly 200 new measles cases had been recorded since Sunday, with the rate of infection showing no sign of slowing despite a compulsory mass vaccination programme.

Vaccination rates dropped following the deaths of two children who received shots mixed with muscle relaxant instead of water, due to human error, BBC News reported.

Figures from the World Health Organisation and UNICEF indicate fewer than 30 percent of Samoan infants were immunised past year.

The Prime Minister is urging everyone to participate in the mass immunization to protect against the highly contagious measles.

Words shared alongside the images stated public servants will be mobilized to help the campaign as part of the government's "initiative to eradicate the measles crisis and future outbreak that will jeopardize the safety of Samoa".

"Let us not be distracted by the promise of alternative cures", Tuilaepa said.

He added that certain issues that people should understand.

A Samoan mother Eseta Meki, who lost her two-year-old youngest son to measles said that she hoped other parents would get their children vaccinated.

He said the fatality rate in Samoa was less than two percent but had been known to reach five percent in developing countries.

Measles is a virus that initially causes a runny nose, sneezing and fever.

In patients without the vaccine and those with compromised immune systems, measles can lead to serious complications like blindness, severe diarrhea and dehydration, severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia, and encephalitis, an infection that causes brain swelling.

A couple of days later it results in a blotchy rash that begins off on the face and spreads throughout the physique.



Latest news

Football Moment that Left us Speech-Less.
With an 11- 0 score at the end of the game, Germany started the Shanghai Women’s World Cup with a world record win. Women’s World Cup 2007 Germanys women’s team opened the World Cup with a bang against Argentina.

10-man Crystal Palace prevail
Substitute Schlupp grabbed the all-important victor in the 76th minute to send Palace to fifth in the standings on 21 points.

Jeetan Patel appointed England's spin bowling consultant
England have appointed Jeetan Patel as their spin bowling advisor for the excursions of South Africa and Sri Lanka. Jeetan Patel has a great deal of experience playing in England for Warwickshire and knows the players very well.

Dwayne Johnson admits he was hesitant to get remarried
Johnson also reflected on the first time he laid eyes on his now-wife: "Within 30 seconds, I thought, Wow, this girl's stunning ". Dwayne Johnson is opening up concerning why he needed to take some time to consider before getting married a subsequent time.

Online Sports Betting Market Growth
Benefits With the market high, sports betting is an activity that receives a high level of support from online betting companies. More betters are opting to forego the long lines at the cashier's counter and the unavailability of their favorite machines.

Other news