At least 15 measles-related deaths in Samoa - reports

At least 15 measles-related deaths in Samoa - reports
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At least 15 children are reported to have died in Samoa from measles or complications from the disease.

The National Emergency Coordination Centre confirmed 15 measles-related deaths - 14 children and one adult - as of Monday evening (local time), according to the Samoa Observer

So far, the country's Ministry of Health has only confirmed six measles-related deaths. 

The newspaper said it had also confirmed one other child's death, bringing the total measles-related deaths to 15 children and one adult.

The deaths included two babies born prematurely, one to a mother who had clinical symptoms of measles.

At least two other victims had died at home, including a five-year-old girl who was the daughter of the only adult to have fallen victim to the illness so far.

Last week, Samoa's Director-General of the Ministry of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri said a pregnancy had been lost, but the cause had not yet been confirmed to measles, the Samoa Observer reported.

"Unless we find out, unless it is confirmed, then I can say it's measles, but if it is suspected, it is suspected measles. But it is a stillbirth," Leausa said.

On Friday, Samoa declared a state of emergency due to the outbreak.