Measles outbreak in Samoa leads to 25 deaths so far

Update: Since this news item was posted, the death toll from the measles outbreak in Samoa has risen to at least 63.

Original new item: A measles epidemic that has swept through the Pacific island nation of Samoa since October has claimed 25 lives, all but one of them children. A total of 2,200 cases have been recorded since the outbreak began. About twenty critically ill children remain hospitalized.

Measles is caused by a virus and spreads easily. Even with the best care, at least 1 to 3 out of 1,000 infected people will die from it. The single best way to avoid measles is by getting vaccinated, especially if you plan to travel overseas.

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