55 people killed by measles in Samoa as outbreak worsens

Author
Newstalk ZB / NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 3 Dec 2019, 1:12PM
The measles death toll in Samoa has now reached 55 deaths. Photo / Government of Samoa

55 people killed by measles in Samoa as outbreak worsens

Author
Newstalk ZB / NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 3 Dec 2019, 1:12PM

Another day and with it comes more deaths and a death toll that keeps climbing.

Two more children have died in the measles epidemic in Samoa in the last 24 hours - taking the death toll up to 55 deaths.

The latest deaths are two children aged between 1 and 4 years old.

That age bracket has the most number of deaths, with a staggering 27 children lost to measles - the size of a classroom.

A total of 15 children aged between 6 to 11 months old have died in the epidemic, while the youngest victims are eight children aged five months or under.

All but one person, in their 30s, are children or teenagers.