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Hawaii medical team races to stave off death and sickness in Samoa

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                                Mercy Nikolao, 3, wailed as she received a measles vaccination in Samoa.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Mercy Nikolao, 3, wailed as she received a measles vaccination in Samoa.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Children who have been vaccinated against measles took a nap under mosquito netting in a rural Samoan home today. The government of Samoa shut down for two days to vaccinate 50,000 people in a response to a measles epidemic that has claimed 60 lives and infected more than 4,000 since the outbreak began in October.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Children who have been vaccinated against measles took a nap under mosquito netting in a rural Samoan home today. The government of Samoa shut down for two days to vaccinate 50,000 people in a response to a measles epidemic that has claimed 60 lives and infected more than 4,000 since the outbreak began in October.

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                                Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green, an emergency room doctor, checked the heartbeat of 1-year-old Joanne Semisi.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green, an emergency room doctor, checked the heartbeat of 1-year-old Joanne Semisi.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Fufi va Siaose, 7, today was diagnosed with measles by Hawaii medical professionals visiting Apia, Samoa.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Fufi va Siaose, 7, today was diagnosed with measles by Hawaii medical professionals visiting Apia, Samoa.

An 18-month-old baby wrapped in blankets died Wednesday surrounded by family in an exposed concrete cottage in Apia, Samoa, moments before a Hawaii pediatrician came to check on the ailing infant. Read more

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