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‘All You Need Is One Person on a Plane’: Stifling a Lethal Measles Outbreak

Health officials expand efforts to prevent highly contagious virus spreading to more Pacific islands after deadly outbreak in Samoa

International health officials are expanding their efforts to prevent a potential spread of measles to more Pacific islands during the holiday travel period, following a large and deadly outbreak in Samoa.

Tonga, Fiji and American Samoa, a U.S. territory, have all reported outbreaks or cases of measles in recent weeks. But Samoa, an independent country that is an eight-hour ferry ride from American Samoa, has suffered the largest outbreak by far. As of Saturday, measles had killed 79 people in the island nation and sickened...