The death toll in Samoa has grown to 55 after reports of two more measles-related fatalities overnight.
Another two children aged under five have succumbed to the preventable disease, which has taken root thanks to rock-bottom vaccination rates.
Samoan health officials announced on Tuesday that 3881 people have now caught the disease in the deadly outbreak.
Tragic stories are emerging from the Polynesian nation.
Radio NZ reports that one couple has lost three children; a three-year-old boy who was discharged from hospital, and 18-month-old twins - with the disconsolate mother sleeping next to their graves, outside her home.
The government, which had already declared a state of emergency, has announced plans to redirect public servants away from their regular jobs to assist vaccination efforts.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has urged citizens to turn away from 'alternative' medicines to seek immunisation.
"Vaccinations is the only cure," he said.
"No traditional healers or Kangen water preparations can cure measles."
The Health Ministry reports 58,000 Samoans had been vaccinated since the outbreak was first recorded, around 30 per cent of the population.
Two per cent of the country has contracted the preventable virus.
Samoa has been flooded with aid and support since the emergence of the outbreak, with Australian and New Zealand medical professionals working to get children vaccinated.
New Zealand has provided dozens of nurses and medical supplies, with the air force ferrying 50,000 vaccines provided by UNICEF from nearby Fiji.
On Monday, the New Zealand Royal Air Force flew almost three tonnes of additional help including hand sanitiser, eskies, fridges and power supplies.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was unable to provide details on support Australia had provided.
Australian Associated Press