Teenage girl dies after contracting measles in Dutch Bible Belt outbreak

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A 17-year-old girl has died from complications related to measles during an outbreak of the disease in the Dutch Bible Belt.

The public health institute RIVM said the girl, from Zeeland, who died at the weekend, had not been immunised against the disease.

It is the first death from measles since the disease broke out in communities in southern and central regions of the Netherlands, where many families refuse to take part in vaccination programmes out of religious conviction.

Since May just over 2,000 people have been diagnosed with measles, of whom 121 have needed hospital treatment. Half of the most serious patients suffered inflammation of the lung.

Health officials say the true number of infections is almost certainly higher because many mild cases will not have been reported to family doctors.

Written By: The Amsterdam Herald
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17 COMMENTS

  1. And someone who returned to southern Alberta from the Netherlands carried the virus. Now there is an outbreak there amongst the those who have not been vaccinated! Wakefield has a lot to answer for!

    • In reply to #3 by Quine:

      I am very sad to read this. I really thought the Dutch were beyond this kind of problem.

      What made you think religious nutters are NOT present in Holland?

      Here in Canada they form the government.

  2. People who refuse vaccinations for whatever reason are hurting not only themselves but their neighbours. If they won’t comply, they need to go to jail and be sued for the harm they cause. Religion might be a reasonable excuse for harming yourself or your children, but certainly not your neighbours. It is morally equivalent to poisoning a communal well.

    • In reply to #5 by Roedy:
      Religion might be a reasonable excuse for harming yourself or your children, but certainly not your neighbour…

      I would argue that religion is not a reasonable excuse for harming your children, as they are too young to really know what they think about it. They certainly don’t get a choice in the matter, it’s just something that is imposed upon them by their parents.

  3. The problem is not so much the religious nutters who refuse vaccinations, it is the cranks who make up story about their danger, increasing the ranks of the non-vaccinated to include those without religious objection and those who tolerate religious and other excuses for spreading disease.

  4. More religious parents who kill their children for Jesus. I wonder if there have been any cases among inoculated children. If not, then it is pure Darwinism at work. Selecting out of the ignorant. A pity it’s children, who have nothing to say in the matter.

  5. In reply to #3 by Quine:

    I am very sad to read this. I really thought the Dutch were beyond this kind of problem.

    Famed for their tolerance, wholly rational and beneficial when applied e.g. to drugs and prostitution which are managed to minimize damage rather than criminalized maximizing it, is wholly irrational and counterproductive when applied to religion where stupidity ends up being pampered with deadly results.

    Some of Europe’s worst culturally relativist pandering and presenting themselves as a doormat to Islam has enabled the murder of a leading Dutch filmmaker, columnist and author, a leading Dutch politician and forced 24 hour security details on members of parliament e.g. Ayaan Hirsi Ali to protect them from the purveyors of the religion of peace.

    Religion poisons everything – if you allow it to.

    • Yes,Ayaan Hirsi Ally, in her book “Infidel’ wrote about how kind the Dutch authorities are to these refugees,feeding, clothing them. Providing homes. And how few of them took the opportunity of working and studying further.Clinging stubbornly to what they essentially escaped from.For the Dutch it is like nursing vipers in their bosom,so to speak.Why otherwise forward looking people allow these fanatics to cause havoc in their midst is mystifying and frustrating.In reply to #10 by godsbuster:

      In reply to #3 by Quine:

      I am very sad to read this. I really thought the Dutch were beyond this kind of problem.

      Famed for their tolerance, wholly rational and beneficial when applied e.g. to drugs and prostitution which are managed to minimize damage rather than criminalized maximizing it, is wh…

      • In reply to #13 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

        Yes,Ayaan Hirsi Ally, in her book “Infidel’ wrote about how kind the Dutch authorities are to these refugees,feeding, clothing them. Providing homes. And how few of them took the opportunity of working and studying further.Clinging stubbornly to what they essentially escaped from.For the Dutch it i…

        Many, many educated people in Northwestern European countries must be feeling frustrated about this. You know, the big problem is that many of our politicians have no balls and have no historical understanding. They don’t realise that it took us 500 years to create the freedom that we all cherish today. To gain more votes, they would have no problem throwing away this most important and precious quality of life, just to appease the newly arriving, needy, but barbarian, opportunistic and uncivilized hordes, that have no idea whatsoever of the struggle that got us where we are today. Imagine, after the murder of Theo van Gogh, the then minister of Justice, Hein Donner, from the christian CDA-party (a decent but misguided guy) had the nerve to say that Theo, with his critical and outspoken stance on religion, ‘always had it coming’, and instead of condemning the muslim (and islam, the anachronistic bedfellow of christianity) that perpetrated the crime, he proposed to sharpen the blasphemy laws. I can tell you, Theo van Gogh’s mother, who, incidently, only got condolences from the government at a very late stage, was outraged! Let us hope that the Western philosophy of personal freedom does not turn out to be a freak episode in history that was always going to be destroyed from within by the perverted forces of religion, that, out of fear, cannot bare the thought of life outside a self-imposed cage. By the way, this year (partially as a result of the TvG-murder) all blasphemy laws (the biggest insult to humanity) in The Netherlands have been dropped by the current, social-liberal government. Amen with hallelujah on top!

  6. The group of antroposphic idiots that denies vaccination is also rather large in the Netherlands. This girl’s death was not because of these antroposophical nutcases, but it could have been just as easily. This is abuse of children and if there were a political party that would propose a law for punishing parents that object to vaccination I would vote for it. But this is never an issue in election time.

  7. ‘To minimise damage’…hmm…

    Credit card style certification that one has been immunised could be made a requirement for both children and adults wanting to enter educational (kindergarden, primary, secondary, tertiary…) and public buildings, cinemas, theatres etc. For those who are unable to use vaccination, perhaps because of immune-system deficiencies, a card which says so and also allows entry, for instance, to cancer wards.

  8. I forgot to say, did you know that the criminal rulers of Saudi-Arabia had the brutality and indecency to protest against the decision of the Dutch government to drop the blasphemy laws? How do ya’ like them apples?

  9. Another few years and we might credibly start to refer to Andrew Wakefield in much the same way as we now refer to Typhoid Mary.

    The damage this fraudulent money-grubbing charlatan has done is incalculable, and the body count is rising daily.

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