Samoa measles outbreak kills 20, mostly children

Samoa measles outbreak kills 20, mostly children

The Straits Times - Asia·2019-11-23 14:12

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Deaths related to measles, mostly among small children, have more than tripled to 20 in the past week on the Pacific island of Samoa, the government has said eight days after declaring a state of emergency over the outbreak.

The island state of just 200,000, located south of the equator and half way between Hawaii and New Zealand, declared a measles epidemic late in October after the first deaths.

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