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Samoa measles outbreak: Death toll rises to 53, mostly children. Government declared emergency on November 20 and is stepping up efforts to ensure people are vaccinated against disease.

Samoa measles outbreak: Death toll rises to 53, mostly children. Government declared emergency on November 20 and is stepping up efforts to ensure people are vaccinated against disease.

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  1. To add to the sadness, it now [looks as if](https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03324-7) measles is even worse than just having measles.

    “More than 3,700 cases of measles have been recorded in the islands’ population of about 200,000, with 198 new cases reported between Sunday and Monday.”

    [Anti-vaxers have blood on their hands.](https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-28/australian-samoan-influencer-measles-crisis-nazi-germany/11737938)

  2. Who’s that woman married to a sportstar who owns a profitable business (in Samoa?) advocating antivaxx conspiracies and her own herbal remedy bullshit instead? Even though she didn’t finish high school or have any medical degree or something?

  3. I don’t understand why this doesn’t get more attention. Measles is incredibly contagious and has so far spread from NZ to Samoa to Fiji. This is a lesson to the whole world to be shutting down anti-vaxx rhetoric, and getting kids vaccinated.

    Samoa is not just fighting an epidemic of disease, but also of anti-vaxx rhetoric, and home remedy cures for plague.

    New Zealand immunologists say the situation in Samoa was imminent since there was a measles outbreak in Auckland earlier this year, but still this would have been entirely preventable had the immunisation rate in Samoa been above 35%. Considering the frequent travel between Auckland + Samoa it was plain irresponsible for NZ government not to have sent medical supplies + staff earlier to prevent this from happening. But I get it’s hard since our healthcare system is already fairly overwhelmed, and stretched as is.

    The obvious villains are the drop out fuckwits like Taylor Winterstein who was (trying to) charge hundreds of tala to spread her antivaxx nonsense in Samoa in March- while Auckland already had hundreds of confirmed cases.

  4. These kids are getting everything their parents deserve. 🙁

  5. Now it would be great time for anti-vaxxer post statistics how measles vaccine killed more than 53 kids this year.

  6. Oh man this makes me so damn sad, i just got a refresh for my shots because be becomes a dad. Dang i cant believe this

  7. Anti Vaxxer claims mandatory vaccinations are Fascist yet can’t even spell the word Fascist correctly

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