Samoa asserts an emergency situation as measles spreads across the Pacific

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Samoa announced an emergency situation this weekend, the media reported, all schools closed and cracked down on public meetings, after several deaths were linked to an outbreak of measles that are scattered all over the country. Pacific island.

The island's position confirmed that only 200,000, located south of the equator and halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, were a measles epidemic in late October after the first deaths were reported.

Since then, he has died at least five of infants under two years of age, linked to the outbreak, according to the Observer Samoa newspaper. Of the 716 suspected cases of measles, the hospital wanted 40% to be hospitalized.

“The way it is going now and the poor coverage (immunization), we expect the worst,” said New Zealand Radio, Health Secretary Samoa, Leausa Take Naseri, saying late this week last.

New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs Winston Peters said there would be 3,000 vaccine countries and 12 nurses being sent to Samoa on Friday to help with the outbreak.

“Measles is very contagious, and the outbreak has occurred in Samoa,” Peters said in a statement. “It is in everyone's interests that we work together to prevent their spread.”

The cases of measles are rising worldwide, including in rich nations such as the United States and Germany, where some parents release immunization for philosophical or religious reasons, or anxiety, which has been introduced by medical science, to the effect that the parents may have. These vaccines create autism.

The media in Australia and Samoa reported that the Samoa government had compulsorily vaccinated everyone with a vaccination program to be published on Monday.

In Tonga, about 900km from Samoa, the health ministry said last week that an outbreak of measles occurred in the country when a squad of Tongan rugby players from New Zealand came back.

Since then, 251 cases of certified or suspected measles have been identified, the ministry said in the statement.

American Samoa, US territory at Samoa's nesting, announced a public health emergency on Thursday after an outbreak of measles in Samoa and Tonga, according to New Zealand media.

Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Edited by Sam Holmes

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. American Samoa (t) Asia / Pacific (t) World Health Organization (t) Public Health Care (t) (tBC) Tonga Diseases (t) (t) Samoa (t) United States of America

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