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Anti-vaxxers have blood on their hands: Samoa measles epidemic worsens with 24 children now dead

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Associate Press reports from New Zealand:

Authorities said Monday that a measles epidemic sweeping through Samoa continues to worsen with the death toll rising to 25, all but one of them young children.

“We still have a big problem at hand,” Samoa’s Director General of Health Leausa Take Naseri said in a video statement.

He said more than 140 new cases of people contracting the virus had been recorded within the past day, bringing the total to about 2,200 cases since the outbreak began last month. He said there are about 20 critically ill children who remain in hospital intensive care units.

Samoa declared a state of emergency nine days ago, closing all its schools, banning children from public gatherings and mandating that everybody get vaccinated. Teams of people have been traveling the country administering thousands of vaccines.

The government also shut down a private clinic and is investigating how hundreds of vaccines were taken without authorization and then sold for a fee.

The median age of those who have died is 13 months, according to government figures. The deaths include 24 children under the age of 5, 11 of whom were infants under 12 months. The other person who died was in their 30s. . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

25 November 2019 at 3:28 pm

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  1. This situation has nothing to do with Anti Vaxxers. It was a decision made by the Samoan government and because of a theft of the vaccine. Your headline is deceptive.

    Joanne

    jvonrosen

    25 November 2019 at 4:25 pm

  2. There was a theft, but the effect is exactly what anti-vaxxers are working for: no vaccinations for measles (and other diseases). This shows the sort of thing that happens when vaccinations are not done. This — that is, no vaccinations — is what anti-vaxxers want. This — the many deaths — is what results.

    Anti-vaxxers are willing to accept those deaths (of other people) much as fervent gun-rights advocates are willing to accept the deaths due to gun violence: they want what they want, and the cost in lives doesn’t matter.

    LeisureGuy

    25 November 2019 at 5:45 pm


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