The South Pacific island nation of Samoa has lifted a six week-state of emergency after the infection rate from a measles outbreak that has swept the country started to come under control.

Key points:

  • Measles went through Samoa’s population due to the comparatively low vaccination rates
  • The outbreak has killed 81 people and infected more than 5,600
  • A vaccine drive has pushed immunisation rates towards 95 per cent, helping contain the disease

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