By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Tonga, health authorities are reporting 310 confirmed or suspected measles cases through November 19.


The majority of the cases continue to be reported in Tongatapu (272) and too a lesser extent in Vava’u (38).

However, measles has now spread to ‘Eua with two cases confirmed and one in Ha’apai. In Niuatoputapu, there is one suspected case.

Tonga, unlike Samoa, does have a good vaccination rate on the island–somewhere in the ballpark of 99 percent. This is being attributed to Tonga not seeing the massive numbers that Samoa is seeing and the high numbers of measles-related fatalities.