Sheba Humanitarian Medical Team Battles Measles Outbreak in Samoa

Following an urgent request from the World Health Organization to help combat a deadly outbreak of measles in the tiny Pacific island nation of Samoa, Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer has deployed a team of medical experts from its Israel Center for Disaster Medicine and Humanitarian Response. More than 4,000 people have been diagnosed so far, and over 70 have died – mostly young children who have not yet been vaccinated. The team of six nurses and two pediatric specialists is led by Dr. Itai Pessach, the head of Sheba’s Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital and Assaf Luttinger, RN, who is the Deputy Director of the Israel Center for Disaster Medicine and Humanitarian Response. The team plans to stay in Samoa for approximately two weeks and will focus on helping patients who are in intensive care.