Measles Outbreak Hits Dutch Bible Belt, 30 Cases So Far Confirmed



Dutch health officials report that an outbreak of measles has resulted in 30 confirmed cases. According to the public health institute RIVM, the cases are primarily found around conservative Protestant schools ranging from from the Veluwe area to Zeeland province. Most children receive the measles vaccine in a combination injection at 14 months and again at nine years. However, some Fundamentalist Protestants in the Netherlands choose not to have their children vaccinated, and the RIVM noted that the total number of cases could be higher, since some patients may not have gone to the doctor.

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