Monday 09 December 2019

Nine children diagnosed with measles on Protestant island Urk

Urk’s harbour. Photo:

Nine children and one adult have been diagnosed with measles in the village of Urk, most of whom had not been vaccinated against the disease.

Urk, a former island, is one of the most staunchly Protestant parts of the country and a place where many parents do not have their children vaccinated for religious reasons.

Just 60% of two-year-olds on the island have had all the recommended childhood vaccination. Three of the children had been given at least one vaccination, broadcaster NOS rsaid.

The 10 people infected with measles come from two families which had close links and no other cases have been found on the island. This means it is not an outbreak, the local health board told website

The last measles outbreak on Urk was in 2013, in a year in which 30,000 people nationwide were diagnosed with the disease. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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