Samoan Government Closes to Focus on Measles Crisis
Samoan Government Closes to Focus on Measles Crisis.
The closure was announced by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi on Monday.
During the closure, all government workers are focused on a "mass vaccination campaign." .
Let us work together to ... convince those that do not believe that vaccinations are the only answer to the epidemic.
Let us not be distracted by the promise of alternative cures, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Samoan Prime Minister, via NPR News.
To date, the Samoan measles crisis has claimed 53 lives.
48 of the deaths have been children under the age of four.
Since October, more than 3,700 cases of measles have been reported.
An anti-vaccination effort took root in Samoa following the deaths of two infants treated with vaccines that were not properly prepared.
According to the World Health Organization, less than 31% of the country had been immunized prior to the outbreak