22 Jan 2020

Two more suspected cases of measles in American Samoa

3:05 pm on 22 January 2020

American Samoa health authorities have reported two more suspected cases of measles in the territory.

MMR vaccinations underway in American Samoa.

MMR vaccinations underway in American Samoa. Photo: RNZ Pacific / Monica Miller

The cases involve a four-year-old girl from Pavaiai and a 12-year-old boy from Fagaitua, who both sought medical attention last week.

Both were treated and released, and blood samples have been sent to Hawaii for testing.

The Department of Health said vaccination coverage of the targeted population had now increased to 95 percent

However, there are still 125 children needing their first shot, with 525 yet to receive their boosters.

The number of confirmed measles cases remains at 12.

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