The death toll from the measles epidemic in Samoa has climbed to 44.
Latest update: 3,357 measles cases have been reported since the outbreak with 208 recorded in the last 24 hours. To date, 44 measles related deaths have been recorded. Since the Mass Vaccination Campaign on 20 Nov 2019, the Ministry has successfully vaccinated 54,046 individuals. pic.twitter.com/aUUZ4hQPfu— Government of Samoa (@samoagovt) November 30, 2019
Five more deaths, including two of babies less than a year old, have been recorded in the past 24 hours.
The Samoan government says a further 208 cases have been reported in the past day bringing the total number of people infected to 3357.
A mass vaccination campaign is underway with dozens of New Zealand and Australian nurses in Samoa to assist.
Health authorities have been urging the country's parents to immunise their children, with more than 54,000 people having been vaccinated so far.