52 children now dead in Samoan measles outbreak

  • Wednesday 04, December 2019 11:46 AM
Sharjah24 – Reuters: The death toll from a measles outbreak in Samoa has risen to 60 on Wednesday ,December 4, in the latest flare-up of a global epidemic of the virus.
The vast majority of deaths were of children, with 52 out of the 60 aged four or under dying from the disease, according to a government update.

Nineteen-year-old mother Elsie Lolesio lost her one-year-old daughter Noel, only three days apart from the death of her one-year-old nephew Fatau'u Junior. They are buried next to each other.

Lanuola Naseri buried her only son on Wednesday, with the help of donations that allowed her to purchase him a suit and shirt for his funeral.

There are now more than 4,000 cases of measles recorded in the island nation's deeply religious population of around 200,000.