Samoa stated Saturday around 90% of eligible people had been vaccinated against measles as it lifted a two-day curfew imposed amid an epidemic that has killed 65 in recent weeks.
There have been, however, 103 new cases of measles reported since Friday, Samoa’s Health Ministry mentioned it a statement.
The measles virus has infected nearly 4,500 people in the South Pacific nation of 200,000 people since late October. Of those who died, 57 were children under the age of four.
The mandatory immunization campaign intends to vaccinate 90% of the population, tripling Samoa’s coverage in a few weeks. The federal government stated a rate of 89% had been achieved as of Friday.
Measles cases are rising around the world, even in rich nations such as Germany and the U.S., as parents avoid immunization for philosophical or religious reasons, or fears, debunked by doctors, that such vaccines might cause autism.
Samoa and the UN appealed Friday to the worldwide group for about $10.7 million to battle and recover from the epidemic.
New Zealand and a number of different international locations and organizations, including the U.N. agency UNICEF, have delivered thousands of vaccines, medical provides and have sent medical personnel to help with the epidemic
The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated this week that measles contaminated nearly 10 million individuals last year and killed 140,000.
The picture for this year is even worse, it stated, with provisional records as much as last month displaying a three-fold increase in cases compared with the same interval in a year earlier.