Ioane Semisi,16 was vaccinated one week before catching the measles. The measles can take up to two weeks for symptoms to present. He is currently sleeping in the living room separated from the rest of the family as he recovers.
As of December 16th 2019, there have been 5,200 confirmed cases of measles and 73 deaths in Samoa - out of a population of just over 200,000 people. A measles outbreak beginning in October has impacted the small island nation, which before the outbreak had a vaccination rate of only between 28-40% according to the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef). Responding to the outbreak, the Samoan government has issued a state of emergency and enacted a mobile vaccination program which has now reportedly vaccinated over 90% of the population.
Outskirts of Apia, Samoa. 11th December 2019. Matthew Abbott for The New York Times.