Saturday, February 24, 2024


“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”

— William Wilberforce

Samoa Measles Emergency Extended

rural road in Upolu

On Dec. 20, 2019, the government of Samoa announced that 94 percent of the island nation’s population of about 200,000 people had been vaccinated against measles as part of a government-led mandatory, mass vaccination campaign. As of Dec. 20, the Samoan Ministry of Health (MOH) had confirmed 5,463 reported cases with 1,762 hospitalizations and 78 […]

Measles in Samoa: Why are So Many Dying?

Samoa beach

A total of 72 people have died in Samoa during the current outbreak of measles there that began in mid-October. Most of the deaths have involved children under five years of age. U.S. and global media outlets have been following this story closely, providing regular updates on the number of people in Samoa who have […]

Vitamin A Shipped to Samoa 

Health officials in Samoa, assisted by international health organizations, have struggled to manage a surge in measles and apparent deaths from measles on the impoverished island since the first laboratory confirmed cases were reported in September 2019.  A state of emergency was declared on November 15, and by December 11, 4995 measles cases had been recorded, […]

Samoan Government Arrests “Anti-Vaxxer” as Measles Campaign Widens

girl handcuffed

On Dec. 5, 2019, the Samoan government reportedly arrested a “vocal antivaccination campaigner” and charged him with “incitement” as the government widens a mass measles vaccination campaign in the small South Pacific island nation of about 200,000 people. More than 4,300 measles cases with 63 deaths have been reported since the measles outbreak began in […]

Samoa’s Measles Outbreak and Response

Samoan woman at work

(updated to reflect new outbreak figures released by AFP on Nov. 25, 2019)—A total of 2,194 cases of measles have been reported in Samoa this year. The government has declared a state of emergency and closed all schools, including the nation’s only university. Samoan health authorities are developing plans to implement compulsory MMR (mumps, measles, […]

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