Another baby dies as Samoa measles death toll climbs to 63

Another life has been claimed by Samoa's measles epidemic.

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The colour red hung up at homes across the island nation to signify residents who haven't been vaccinated with medical teams are racing door-to-door in a mass campaign. Source: 1 NEWS

A baby has died in the past 24 hours bringing the country's measles death toll to 63.

Samoa is now in its second day of a government shut down, in which a mass mobilisation to vaccinate its citizens against measles is underway.

Business, public services and roads remain closed for the two day shut down period which started yesterday. 

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1 NEWS’ Pacific Correspondent spoke with Afamasaga Lepuiai Rico Tupai on the morning of December 6. Source: Breakfast

It is also now compulsory to be vaccinated in Samoa. Once vaccinated, individuals receive a mark on their left hand.  

Teams of both Samoan medical personnel and a  large international contingent are on the ground getting as many people inoculated as possible. 

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The death toll has risen to 63 today, December 6. Source: 1 NEWS

Yesterday's effort saw an estimated 10,000 people vaccinated.