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Samoa Measles Epidemic: ‘No Reports Of Fijians Affected’

There are no reports, so far, of any Fijian affected by the measles epidemic in Samoa.
06 Dec 2019 10:24
Samoa Measles Epidemic: ‘No Reports Of Fijians Affected’

There are no reports, so far, of any Fijian affected by the measles epidemic in Samoa.

There are close to 400 registered Fijians living in Samoa.

Fijian community secretary in Samoa, Ilaisa Kaivei, said: “No Fijian has been reported to have contracted measles. There was a rumour that a Fijian child had showed symptoms of the disease, but we cannot confirm it for now because we haven’t officially received any update about it.

“We’ve sent an email and texted registered members of the Fijian community to get vaccinated because this is the only way that we can protect ourselves from the deadly disease.”

The Samoan government has closed all schools and banned children from public gatherings.

It also said more than 4000 people had contracted the disease since the outbreak began and 172 people remained in hospitals, including 19 children who were in critical condition.

Meanwhile, there are 16 confirmed cases of measles in Fiji. Nemia Marawa (Junior), who is the latest victim, said he may have contracted the deadly disease from his two fellow employees at Pacific Wires Fiji Ltd. It was confirmed on Wednesday that he had contracted measles.

The 24-year-old said people from Navua and Namosi work with him. He believes he may have picked up the bug from work.

People living in Sakoca Settlement were vaccinated after the recent case was confirmed.

The Ministry of Health has advised Mr Marawa to stay indoors. He lives with four other family members.

Mr Marawa is the first person in Sakoca to have contracted the disease since the outbreak started.

“I did not attend any gathering for the past few days; it was just work place and my home,” he said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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