Poorer countries suffer most from global health crises, we need help to handle coronavirus | Dr Claude Posala
Pacific nations, still reeling from a devastating measles outbreak, have watched news out of Wuhan in panicAs Pacific Islanders watched updates about the coronavirus outbreak over the past few weeks, unease soon gave way to panic.Still reeling in shock from ameasles outbreak in Samoa, Pacific Islanders ’ fears were stoked as it became apparent that even large, well-developed countries were struggling to contain the outbreak. Low-resourced settings always suffer the greatest losses in global medical crises and people living in these island nations are not blind to that detail.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 31, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Dr Claude Posala Tags: Pacific islands Solomon Islands Asia Pacific World news Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Samoa Ends State of Emergency Over Measles
MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2019 -- Slowing infection rates and a surge in vaccinations have prompted the South Pacific island of Samoa to end a six-week state of emergency over a measles outbreak, the BBC reported Sunday. More than 5,600 people were infected... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 30, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Samoa Lifts State of Emergency After Deadly Measles Epidemic
The Pacific island nation will reopen schools after a measles epidemic killed 81 people, many of them children and babies. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isabella Kwai Tags: Measles Vaccination and Immunization Epidemics Samoa Source Type: news

Samoa ends measles state of emergency as infection rate slows
The South Pacific island nation of Samoa has lifted a six week-state of emergency after the infection rate from a measles outbreak that has swept the country started to come under control. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

We gave up Christmas to fight measles in Samoa
British doctors and nurses are battling to save children's lives from measles on Christmas Day. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘Why My Baby?’: How Measles Robbed Samoa of Its Young
When the virus arrived on its shores, the Pacific island nation was grievously unprepared. It had left the door to contagion wide open, and thousands of children have suffered. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isabella Kwai and Matthew Abbott Tags: Samoa Measles Vaccination and Immunization Epidemics Kennedy, Robert F Jr Australia Source Type: news

Measles outbreak in Samoa kills 72, most of them children
72 measles-related deaths have been recorded since the outbreak started. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samoa extends measles state of emergency, NZ to fund Pacific vaccination campaign
The South Pacific island nation of Samoa on Saturday extended a state of emergency due to a measles outbreak which has killed 72 people, mostly infants, as New Zealand announced NZ$1 million ($640,700) to help combat measles in the Pacific. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

CDC sends experts to fight measles outbreaks in Pacific islands neighboring Samoa
Health officials are concerned that Samoa’s outbreak could heighten the spread of measles in neighboring islands. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Samoa Says Almost 90% of People Vaccinated Against Measles After Deadly Outbreak Samoa Says Almost 90% of People Vaccinated Against Measles After Deadly Outbreak
Samoa said on Saturday nearly 90% of eligible people had been vaccinated against measles as it lifted a two-day curfew imposed amid an outbreak that has killed 65 in recent weeks.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Tuesday ’s Daily Brief: Human Rights Day, Samoa measles, COP25, economic slowdown, Myanmar at ICJ
A recap of Tuesday’s stories includes a day of activism on Human Rights Day; 70 Samoan lives now claimed by measles; COP25 news roundup from Madrid; global trade on the slide; and legal proceedings begin at the ICJ against Myanmar, as Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to defend her country against genocide allegations. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Samoa measles outbreak claims 70 lives, majority are children under five
Seventy people have now died from Samoa’s measles outbreak, UN humanitarians confirmed on Tuesday, as the organization released emergency funding to help the authorities step up efforts to eradicate the preventable disease. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Samoan father loses 3 of his 5 children to measles outbreak
Doctors on the South Pacific islands of Samoa are trying to contain a massive, deadly outbreak of the measles. The virus has infected more than 4,800 people, and at least 70 people have died – many of them young children. Carter Evans traveled to Apia to get a firsthand look at the crisis. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. territory of American Samoa to begin mass measles vaccination this week
Health officials in the U.S. territory of American Samoa say they will begin mass measles vaccinations beginning Friday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Decorated with butterflies, infant-sized coffins sent to measles-ravaged Samoa
Volunteers in the New Zealand city of Rotorua are preparing two dozen white-lined coffins to be transported to Samoa at the end of the week as the measles-ravaged Pacific island nation languishes under a growing death toll that has now hit 70. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Measles cases in Samoa decreasing drastically due to mandatory vaccine law
After a deadly measles outbreak in Samoa, the government there says nearly everyone who is eligible has now been vaccinated for the disease. At least 65 people have died since October, and 57 of them were children under the age of four. Carter Evans reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samoa says almost 90% of people vaccinated against measles after deadly outbreak
Samoa said on Saturday nearly 90% of eligible people had been vaccinated against measles as it lifted a two-day curfew imposed amid an outbreak that has killed 65 in recent weeks. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Measles outbreak in Samoa kills at least 63 people, mostly young children
The disease has infected more than 4,300 people on the islands, killing at least 63 of them (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More than 140,000 people were killed by measles last year
There were 9,769,400 cases globally in 2018, with the majority being babies and children under the age of five. A boy in Samoa - currently battling an outbreak - is pictured getting a jab. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thursday ’s Daily Brief: Samoa measles epidemic, Dozens die off Mauritania, Volunteer Day and Zambia’s food troubles
A recap of Thursday’s top stories: Dozens of migrants drowned off Mauritanian coast; measles grip Samoa as social media campaigns spread misinformation worldwide; UN chief on lifting landlocked countries from poverty; Guterres lauds volunteer spirit and millions face food insecurity in Zambia. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN team aids Samoa response to deadly measles epidemic
UN teams are on the ground in Samoa as the country combats a deadly measles epidemic. So far, there have been more than 4,200 cases and 62 deaths, mainly babies, prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency on 15 November and launch a mass vaccination campaign five days later. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Samoa's government is shut today so everyone can get vaccinated for measles
Red flags have been erected across Samoa to mark unvaccinated households as the government shuts down Thursday to deploy all resources to reining in a deadly measles outbreak. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samoa fights measles door-to-door in battle on anti-vaccination messages
Samoa on Thursday closed all non-essential public and private services for two days to combat a measles epidemic that has killed more than 60 people, mostly babies and children, in a battle complicated by a vocal anti-vaccination movement. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Samoa measles outbreak: 62 people dead - is an epidemic likely to happen in the UK?
SAMOA has begun a two-day shutdown as the government aims to curb a measles epidemic that has so far killed 62 people. Is an epidemic likely to happen in the UK? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samoa’s capital deserted as teams battle measles epidemic
Samoa’s main streets are eerily quiet as the government steps up efforts to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Lt. Gov Green leads medical mission to Samoa within 24 hours, businesses offer assistance
In response to a measles outbreak, which has left 4,000 people ill and about 60 people dead, Lt. Gov. Josh Green and a team of medical professionals made their way to Samoa on Wednesday to provide residents with vaccinations. To coordinate this response, the Lt. Gov's office has been working with government leaders in Samoa, as well as leaders in the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other business and community leaders. “We reached out to the WHO… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 5, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Kelsey Kukaua Source Type: news

Lt. Gov Green leads medical mission to Samoa within 24 hours, businesses offer assistance
In response to a measles outbreak, which has left 4,000 people ill and about 60 people dead, Lt. Gov. Josh Green and a team of medical professionals made their way to Samoa on Wednesday to provide residents with vaccinations. To coordinate this response, the Lt. Gov's office has been working with government leaders in Samoa, as well as leaders in the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other business and community leaders. “We reached out to the WHO… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 5, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kelsey Kukaua Source Type: news

As Samoa fights a deadly measles crisis, unvaccinated people are told to mark homes with red flags
Racing to contain the measles outbreak that has killed 60 people amid low vaccination rates, the government of Samoa has turned to a disease-control tactic going back centuries. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

Samoa measles: Unvaccinated families told to hang red flag on door
The Pacific nation declares a state of emergency as 60 people die of measles. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fiji to postpone sports contests as it battles measles outbreak
Fiji has asked its sports federations to postpone all competitions until January, in a bid to rein in the spread of a measles outbreak that has killed dozens in the neighboring Pacific nation of Samoa. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Dec. 3, 2019
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Government Shut Down as Samoa Battles Measles Outbreak The government of Samoa will close on Thursday and Friday as civil servants join the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 3, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Government Shut Down as Samoa Battles Measles Outbreak
MONDAY, Dec. 2, 2019 -- The government of Samoa will close on Thursday and Friday as civil servants join the fight against a measles outbreak in the South Pacific Island nation that has killed 53 people, the country's prime minister said Monday. Of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 2, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

50 Children Dead from Measles Outbreak in Samoa
The public health emergency has spurred a mass vaccination campaign. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - December 2, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

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...
Source: TIME: Health - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Uncategorized samoa Source Type: news

Deadly measles outbreak forces government shutdown
The government of Samoa will shut its doors Thursday and Friday and redeploy civil servants to help deal with a deadly measles outbreak, Prime Minster Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi announced in a special address Monday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samoa government to close for two days amid measles outbreak that has killed dozens of children
Forty-eight of the 53 reported deaths occurred among children 4 years old or younger. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kayla Epstein Source Type: news

Samoa Shuts Down Government to Fight Measles Outbreak
The government of Samoa will close on Thursday and Friday as civil servants join the fight against a measles outbreak in the South Pacific Island nation that's killed 53 people, (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles outbreak in Samoa kills dozens of children, puts island nation in holiday lockdown
The small Pacific island nation of Samoa has closed schools and is restricting travel ahead of the holiday season as the death toll from a measles outbreak tops 50. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Dec. 2, 2019
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Government Shut Down as Samoa Battles Measles Outbreak The government of Samoa will close on Thursday and Friday as civil servants join the fight... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 2, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

50 children killed by measles in Samoa as outbreak worsens
Authorities race to vaccinate the entire population of the South Pacific nation. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Samoa in Christmas lockdown as measles deaths top 50
The small Pacific island nation of Samoa has closed schools and is restricting travel ahead of the Christmas holiday season as the death toll from a measles outbreak tops 50, in the latest flare-up of a global epidemic of the virus. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Samoa Measles Outbreak Toll Getting Worse: Now 3,530 Cases, 44 Deaths
While the Samoan government has instituted a mass vaccination campaign, anti-vaccination social media accounts are encouraging people to send Vitamin A instead. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 1, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Samoa measles cases, deaths more than double over past week
The number of suspected cases of measles on the Pacific island of Samoa has more than doubled over the past week to 3,530 and deaths related to the outbreak rose to 48 from 20 a week ago, the country's Ministry of Health said on Sunday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Measles death toll in Samoa rises to 42 as officials blame anti-vaxxers
The number of cases on the Pacific island surged by 213 in a 24-hour period yesterday, taking the total to 3,149. Officials blamed an anti-vax movement sparked by the death of two babies last year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samoa measles toll hits 42 as nations dispatch medical teams, supplies
More nations were flying medical staff and supplies to Samoa on Friday to battle a measles outbreak that prompted the Pacific island nation to declare a state of emergency this month, as the death toll rose to 42, most of them children younger than four. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Deadly measles outbreak hits children in Samoa after anti-vaccine fears
The government has declared a state of emergency and mandated children and teenagers get immunized, as the CDC sends officials to help. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Guarino Source Type: news

Death Toll in Samoa Measles Epidemic Reaches 25
TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 -- The death toll in a measles epidemic sweeping Samoa has reached 25, and all but one of the victims have been young children, an official said Monday. More than 140 new cases were reported within the past day, bringing the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - November 26, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Death Toll in Samoa Measles Epidemic Reaches 25
Samoa declared a state of emergency nine days ago, closed all schools, banned children from public gatherings and ordered all people to get vaccinated. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samoa measles epidemic worsens with 24 children now dead
Authorities say a measles epidemic sweeping through Samoa continues to worsen with the death toll rising to 25, all but one of them young children (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Samoa measles outbreak kills 20, mostly children
Deaths related to measles, mostly among small children, have more than tripled to 20 in the past week on the Pacific island of Samoa, the government has said eight days after declaring a state of emergency over the outbreak. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news