In the United States, the burning anti-vaccination movement gives doctors and health officials a headache, but the situation is even worse in Samoa's island country. Since last week more than 2 600 confirmed cases of measles were registered and 33 people died, most of them being young children.
As reported CNN the Government of Samoa will close later this week to focus all available resources on the epidemic ravaging the isolated island nation. The death toll is currently 53 and 48 victims were children under the age of 4.
The situation in Samoa is unique and somewhat bizarre. At the beginning of last year, two children died soon after receiving the standard vaccines that would have protected them against measles, forcing the government to suspend its vaccination program to investigate. It was finally determined that a completely different, poorly administered medicine had caused the children's deaths, but by that time, many children had not yet been vaccinated and the parents remained fearful.
Health officials think this was the big boom in unvaccinated vaccination. children who allowed the disease to spread like wildfire across the country. The fact that so many children, especially young children, have been victims of the recent epidemic supports this idea, and the government is working to solve the problem.
Samoa has benefited from a wave of support from other countries and is doing so. receive hundreds of thousands of doses of measles vaccine from its neighbors. Schools across Samoa have been closed for weeks and officials are hopeful that the government's closure later this week will focus on immunization and treatment of people already infected across the country.
This article appeared first (in English) on BGR