By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews


In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Samoa, health authorities say there have been 15 confirmed cases, including three deaths. In addition, 314 suspected cases – most of them children under the age of four are being investigated.


The government has also today ordered all preschools and day care centers closed until further notice.


An outbreak of measles has occurred following the return of a squad of Tongan rugby players from New Zealand where one player developed measles. Twelve other players were in the incubation period of the illness during travel back to Tonga and developed symptoms on 6th- 9th October.

The diagnosis was laboratory confirmed for 6 players tested. Boys in the touring squad came from the following schools and locations: Tonga College ‘Atele (TCA), Tupou College Toloa (TCT) (a boarding school), Tonga High School (THS) and a small number from other schools on Tongatapu and the islands of Vava’u, Ha’apai and ‘Eua.

The outbreak has involved students (mainly) from schools on Tongatapu as well as students from Vava’u High School.

As at 28th October, 107 cases of confirmed or suspected measles have been identified in Tonga.

Two cases have been admitted to Vaiola Hospital and one admitted in Prince Ngu hospital, Vava’u. All admitted cases have recovered well or are recovering well. No serious cases of disease or deaths have been reported form the outbreak. No cases of measles have been reported amongst health care staff.