A massive and deadly measles outbreak in Samoa has forced the government of the South Pacific nation to shut down all public services. The disease has infected more than 4,300 people on the islands.
At least 63 people have died. Most of them were 4 years old or younger.
“It’s very hard to lose a child,” said one mother, crying. Her 1-year-old daughter died after getting the disease. “We have a lot of dreams that we need to fulfill for our little ones, but once they lost, we don’t know what to do.”
The Samoan government declared a national emergency last month and mandated that all 200,000 people living on the islands get vaccinated. It also closed all schools and banned children from public gatherings, CBS affiliate KGMB correspondent Allyson Blair reports. read more