Fiji has asked its sports federations to postpone all competitions until January, in a bid to rein in the spread of a measles outbreak that has killed dozens in the neighbouring Pacific nation of Samoa.

The highly infectious disease has been crossing the globe, recently finding a susceptible population in Samoa, where the death toll is 60.

Fiji, with a much higher vaccination rate than Samoa, has recorded only 15 cases and no deaths, health authorities say, but has warned people to avoid affected areas and cancel events likely to draw crowds.

Fiji’s soccer, beach volleyball and netball governing bodies have already suspended competitions.

Pacific nation Tonga is also battling a measles outbreak that led to its women’s rugby team having to be quarantined from a major regional championship in Fiji last month.

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