Samoa’s capital deserted as teams battle measles epidemic

  • In this image from video, people gather outside a health emergency operation center Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Apia, Samoa. Samoa’s main streets were eerily quiet on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, as the government stepped up efforts to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people. (TVNZ via AP)

  • In this image from video, a red flags hangs outside homes of residents who have not been vaccinated in Apia, Samoa, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Samoa’s main streets were eerily quiet on Thursday, as the government stepped up efforts to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people. (TVNZ via AP)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Samoa’s main streets were eerily quiet on Thursday as the government stepped up efforts to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people.

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