Samoa measles death toll rises to 44

Samoa's Ministry of Health Headquarters. Photo: RNZ Pacific / Dominic Godfrey

The death toll from the measles epidemic in Samoa has climbed to 44.

Five more deaths, including two of babies less than a year old, have been recorded in the past 24 hours.

The Samoan government says a further 208 cases have been reported in the past day bringing the total number of people infected to 3357.

A mass vaccination campaign is underway with dozens of New Zealand and Australian nurses in Samoa to assist.

Health authorities have been urging the country’s parents to immunise their children, with more than 54,000 people having been vaccinated so far.

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