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Ramona Lealaisalanoa (centre) comforts her daughter Fa'amavaega Lealaisalanoa (4), who is recovering from measles in the measles isolation ward at Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital. <br />
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As of 16 December 2019, there have been 5,200 confirmed cases of measles and 73 deaths out of a population of just over 200,000. Prior to the outbreak Samoa had a vaccination rate of only between 28-40%, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef). Responding to the outbreak, the Samoan government declared a state of emergency and enacted a mobile vaccination program which has now reportedly vaccinated over 90% of the population.