According tomedia BGR, Samoa, Japan is in the midst of a severe measles outbreak, showing no sign of slowing down. There are now thousands of people infected with measles in the country, and the outbreak has killed more than 60 people, most of them children under the age of four. The Government of Samoa has closed all available resources for a large-scale vaccination campaign.
Now, as anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists continue to spread their message on social media, law enforcement has decided to take action against those who are actively fighting health officials and working to fight the disease.
The government’s official Facebook page has been actively fighting the measles outbreak, taking citizens to places where they can be vaccinated and updated. However, there are still some people in the country who have not participated in the vaccination campaign, and even some people are still spreading anti-vaccine messages on social media.
The Samoan government said in a statement that police arrested one of the men last week after issuing a warning to him in vain and charged him with “inciting an order against the government’s vaccination”.
Part of the statement reads:
Referring to the current vaccination campaign, the man said publicly: “I will clean up your mess here.” Enjoy your killing spree. AG confirmed: “The man has previously been warned by the police that he has been charged and has been refused bail for possible reoffending.” As a result, he was detained until the court date.
A massive anti-vaccination campaign has taken place in Samoa following the deaths of two children as a result of vaccinations. The two children died shortly after receiving the measles vaccine in early 2018. The Government of Samoa suspended the vaccination programme and conducted an investigation, which concluded that different medications and incorrect management were the causeof their deaths.