Samoa's government will close Thursday and Friday and redeploy civil servants to help deal with a measles outbreak that so far has recorded 3,728 cases with 53 deaths.
There has been a rapid increase in the global measles outbreak, with reported cases jumping 300 percent in the first three months of 2019 compared with the same period last year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In total, 238 of the 519 health zones across the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) 26 provinces have reported a confirmed measles outbreak.
Schools in Samoa were closed indefinitely on Monday, November 18, and children were barred from public gatherings in response to a measles epidemic that has killed at least 16 people.
Measles is having a deadly resurgence across Africa, where, as of September, approximately 44 percent of worldwide cases have been recorded this year.
There have been over 165,000 suspected measles cases with over 3,200 deaths in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since the start of 2019.
Aside from the current Ebola outbreak, the Democratic Republic of Congo is faced with multiple disease outbreaks, including an increasing spread of measles within the region.
Ukraine reported 967 measles cases during the past week bringing the total case count to 54,065 since the beginning of the year.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has suspended vaccination campaigns for measles and other diseases in the northeast, citing the threat to health workers.
Since January this year, the Philippines has confirmed over 33,000 meases cases with 466 deaths.