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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote carbon20 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 24 2019 at 2:07pm
Even more reason to get vaccinated.....

Anyone who is not vaccinated by choice,(fools)

should be denied any hospital treatment,

when it all goes pear shaped....

Maybe then we would see more people get vaccinated.....

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As the target for vaccination is reached (95% cover) and the number of new cases starts to drop... Samoa lifts state of emergency

Quote Samoa has lifted a six-week state of emergency, which was put in place amid a measles epidemic that killed 81 people and infected more than 5,600.

Just 200,000 people live on the South Pacific island nation, and vaccination rates are far lower than in neighbouring countries.

Most of those killed in the outbreak were babies and young children.

Infection rates slowed earlier this month after a vaccination drive pushed immunisation rates towards 95%.

According to aid agencies, this is the level required in order to have "herd immunity" against the disease.


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Quote Latest update: 5,667 measles cases have been reported since the outbreak with 12 recorded in the last 24 hrs.

To date, 81 measles related deaths have been recorded.

VACCINATION UPDATE:As of 28 Dec, 95% of population have been vaccinated.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote carbon20 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 01 2020 at 12:10am
I also heard that,

but really is that possible in this day and age?,

when people fly here and there ,

More reason To be vaccinated....

Anti vaxxers have alot to answer for....

Dumb and dumber......

Should be mandatory
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This is rapidly running down. Instead of 50+ cases a day, there have been just 30 in the last week or so (and two more deaths). The daily twitter updates have also stopped. So the statistics below are close to what the final figures will be.

Of concern is that 5% of those hospitalized have either died or are still in hospital (99 cases), which is a high percentage for measles. According my calculations from the figures given below there should be around 16 patients still in hospital.


Quote UPDATE ON THE MEASLES OUTBREAK

Press Release; HEALTH EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTRE, (HEOC)

January 6th, 2020; The Ministry of Health confirms a cumulative total of 5,697 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.

Currently the outbreak is declining with 30 new cases reported between December 29, 2019 and January 5, 2020.

As of 8.30am January 5th 2020, there were 16 measles currently admitted at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH) including 4 critically ill children in ICU/HDU.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 1,860. Of that, 1,761 (95%) patients have recovered and been discharged.

To date, 83 measles related deaths have been recorded. There were 2 fatalities (one infant and one adult) between December 29, 2019 and January 5, 2020.
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Measles Outbreak in the Pacific - Situation Report No 9, December 31, 2019

Event highlights

• As of 30 December, four Pacific Islands Countries and Areas (PICs) have announced measles outbreaks: American Samoa, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. The number of cases is decreasing in Samoa, and the situation has stabilised in American Samoa, Fiji, and Tonga.

• Kiribati has two laboratory confirmed cases of measles, no epidemiological link has been identified during investigation.

• A suspected measles case in Niue has been found to be laboratory negative; i.e. no case of measles.

• The situation in other PICs is being closely monitored with on-site and remote preparedness support from WHO, UNICEF and other partners.

Summary by PIC

• American Samoa: No new measles case reported since the last report.

• Fiji: one new case is under investigation to assess links to the current outbreak.

• Kiribati: two laboratory confirmed cases, but no epidemiological link identified. One suspected case under further investigation.

• Niue: one suspected measles case in Niue has been verified as negative.

• Samoa: situation is stabilizing, with a decrease in the numbers of reported cases. The Measles State of Emergency ended on 28 December 2019.

• Tonga: outbreak is slowing, with fewer numbers reported, mostly from the main island of Tongatapu.

Pacific Regional:
▪ WHO will begin rolling out a collaborative methodology to work alongside Pacific Ministries of Health to identify and prioritise key measles preparedness and response actions for the next 3-6 months.
▪ Availability of vaccines is currently monitored by WHO and UNICEF (Table 3) and contingency plan is in place in case of additional demand.

Other emergency activities in the region

• Tropical Cyclone Sarai has affected Fiji and Tonga.

• In Fiji, over 2,000 people were evacuated in 48 evacuation centres.

• The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical services has put measles surveillance in place and offered vaccination.

• Other coinciding events:
▪ There are ongoing dengue outbreaks in the Kosrae and Yap States in FSM and Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).
▪ Influenza outbreak reported in Republic of the Marshal Islands
▪ Acute Diarrhoea and vomiting (ADV)/Rotavirus RDT-positive cases reported in Kiribati. One death due to ADV has been reported and is under investigation.


Source, PDFs, Links and original:   https://reliefweb.int/report/samoa/measles-outbreak-pacific-situation-report-no-9-december-31-2019
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