By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Here are the short updates on the measles outbreak in the islands of the Pacific:
The measles outbreak in Samoa has grown to 4,898 cases since the outbreak started, with 83 recorded in the last 24 hours. To date, 71 measles related deaths have been recorded.
As of Tuesday, 91% of population have been vaccinated.
As of Dec. 10, the number of measles cases increased by one, bring the total to 19 confirmed cases. The latest confirmed is a 9 month old from Davuilevu in Rewa who stayed at Saumakia Settlement in Naitasiri, and the Korovou Prison Compound in Suva.
This child is currently admitted in a stable condition under isolation in the CWM Hospital.
The number of measles cases in the Tonga outbreak has risen to 485 confirmed or suspected cases as of Dec. 9.
No deaths have been recorded and currently no one is hospitalized. 11 people have required hospitalization since the beginning of the outbreak on October 22.
The measles case count in American Samoa remains at 9. The government said today that effective immediately, all permit waiver applicants traveling through the independent state of Samoa and the Kingdom of Tonga are suspended until further notice.
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