The government of the Pacific Island nation has shut down in a desperate attempt to fight a deadly measles outbreak
that has already claimed 62 lives.
Amid the outbreak, the government is also fighting the spread of anti-vaccination conspiracy theories on social media, which the authorities say is “another major reason for the increasing number of deaths.”
The Samoan government’s official Facebook page
, where it keeps people informed about the outbreak, has been inundated by anti-vaxxers posting warnings about vaccinations that are not supported by scientific evidence.