By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The outbreak of measles in Tonga that began in early October 2019, continues into late January as five additional cases were reported, including two cases which were included retrospectively, during the last week of the month.


All cases are from the island of Tongatapu.

As of January 29, 652 confirmed or suspected cases of measles have been reported in Tonga including 72 lab confirmed cases. Of these, 574 (88.0%) cases occurred on Tongatapu and 66 (10.1 %) occurred on Vava’u Island.

Cases have mostly presented with mild symptoms. Till date there have been twenty hospitalizations (none since 25-December-2019), and all cases have been discharged. No deaths have been reported till date.

The outbreak of measles in Tonga began in October following the return of a national youth team of Tongan rugby players from New Zealand. The index case developed measles while in New Zealand. Subsequently, a further 12 teammates developed laboratory-confirmed measles.