Samoa measles epidemic kills 20

Children under five account for all but one of the deaths as suspected cases double to 1,644

Deaths related to measles have risen to 20 in the past week on the Pacific island of Samoa, the government has said, eight days after declaring a state of emergency over the outbreak.

The island state of 200,000, located south of the equator and halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, declared a measles epidemic late in October after the first deaths.

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