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Situation overview

Twenty-three days following the declaration of the state of emergency, a total of 4,693 measles cases and 70 measles related deaths, mostly of young children under five, have been recorded. From a peak of 250 measles cases per day, a downward trend of measles presentations has been steadily observed in the last two weeks, with 112 cases in the past 24 hours. The Faleata West and Vaimauga West Districts have the highest number of reported cases.

It is estimated that approximately 40 pregnant women with measles have been admitted since the start of the epidemic, three of these pregnancies resulted in miscarriages. Other adverse outcomes recorded include atleast one case of pre-term labor and congenital measles in newborn babies of mothers with active measles during childbirth. Three pregnant women and one postnatal woman are currently admitted to the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital.