A measles epidemics chance rose 300% worldwide, according to WHO. In a small Pacific island of Samoa caught measles outbreak, with death toll tops 50.
Ahead of Christmas holiday season, the schools of area are closed and is restricting travel because of high death toll from measles outbreak. The continuity of latest flare-up of a global epidemics of the measles virus is rising.
The measles outbreak, that is highly infectious disease, now has been crossing the globe, and it recently finding a susceptible population in Samoa. The reason of Samoa measles epidemics is small coverage of vaccine which is only about 31%, according to the statistics of WHO (World Health Organization).
The Samoan government said that the official death toll has jumped more than 10-fold to 53 on Monday with onset of the measles epidemics in just more than two weeks. There are now more than 3,700 cases of measles recorded in the islands’, where the deeply religious population present of about 200,000.
Samoa Prime Minister’s Office press secretary Nanai Laveitiga Tuiletufuga, told Al Jazeera news that “Five children died overnight, and a total of 53 people have died. Among those 50 were children under the age of 15, while 23 were babies, who aged less than one year old. In the last 24 hours, a further 198 cases have been reported and also been confirmed by the Ministry of Health,” she added.
Samoa Measles Epidemic effected the many in the area, as almost 2,000-3,000 government employees will halt their duties, and assist with the needs of logistics to facilitate vaccination drive of as many residents as possible, said by Tuiletfuga.
Measles outbreak chances are also getting high as the worldwide cases of measles are rising even in the wealthy nations such as in the United States and Germany. Parents shun the immunization for some philosophical or the religious reasons, or out of some fears debunked by doctors that such vaccines could be a possible reason of autism.
WHO also warned in October of a devastating comeback of measles epidemics around the globe because number of reported cases also increased by 300% in first three months of this year.