By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
In a follow-up on the measles outbreak on Tonga, the number of measles cases in the 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.
Most of the cases (88%), are reported in the island of Tongatapu and most were seen in adolescents and young people aged 10 to 24 years (83%).
In addition to Tonga in the in Pacific island countries and areas, Samoa, Fiji and American Samoa have reported measles cases. The outbreaks in Samoa and Tonga are caused by the D8 strain (genotype) of measles virus.
The last outbreak of measles in Tonga was in 2010.