A Measles Outbreak in Samoa Has Killed 53 People and Infected 2% of the Population

As the measles virus continues to spread worldwide, Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi announced Monday that Samoa will take the dramatic step of closing its government for two days this week to assist with a public vaccination campaign. Aside from 2019, Samoa has reported almost no cases of measles to the World Health Organization (WHO) in recent years. But vaccine coverage in the small nation is lacking, partially attributable to public concern following two vaccine-related deaths that occurred in 2018 due to faulty formulas, the WHO reports. As of 2018, only 31% of children had received one of two doses of the measles vaccine, allowing the virus to spread rapidly. A total of 3,728 people, nearly 2% of Samoa’s population, have contracted measles during the current outbreak, including nearly 200 in the past day alone, according to a government statement on Dec. 1. Fifty-three people have died from measles, and the outbreak was declared an emergency on Nov. 15. To help slow that rapid spread, all schools have been indefinitely closed since Nov. 17, and children have been barred from public gatherings. The country is also coordinating a mass vaccination campaign, with the help of about $72,000 in aid funding from the Red Cross’ Asia Pacific chapter. All government employees, except those who work in water or electric supply, will help orchestrate the campaign on Dec. 5 and 6, CNN reports. More than 58,000 Samoan people have already been...
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Interpreters improve the care of patients with limited English proficiency. They can potentially act as unofficial health educators to help dispel misunderstandings about medical risks in a culturally appropriate manner. Somali parents in Minnesota are less likely to immunize their children for MMR than other parents because they believe the MMR vaccine causes autism. The low MMR vaccination rate contributed to measles outbreaks in the state in 2011 and 2017. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of an educational session on interpreter beliefs and knowledge about childhood vaccines. ...
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