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A state of emergency has been declared in Samoa, an island with a population just below 200,000 in the South Pacific, after a measles outbreak has infected over 4800 people and killed over 70, mostly young children.

For perspective, the U.S., a country with a population of 327,000,000 has had around 1,300 causes of measles in 2019, the country's largest outbreak since 1992.

At the time of the outbreak only 31% of the island's population was vaccinated.

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U.S. Lawmakers Are Souring on Anti-Vaxxers’ Personal Belief Exemptions

Doctors and politicians look to decrease the number of people opting out of getting vaccinations.

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The recent measles outbreaks in Ohio’s Amish county and Disneyland have sparked serious debate over the exemptions many states allow for parents idealogically opposed to vaccinations required by local school systems. There have been 102 cases of measles reported in 14 states since January 1, more than in all of 2012, according to Forbes.

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