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The outbreak of measles in a Protestant village: Vaccines are forbidden



URK – According to the health service, before 2014, carrots in Urke appear more often than elsewhere, causing many people to overcome this disease and develop resistance to it. According to the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment of Measles, only 61.1 percent of people are vaccinated in this village and the average for the Netherlands is 92.9 percent.

Urk is one of the villages with the highest percentage of believers in the so-called biblical group in the Netherlands. It is a region from the south to the northwest of the country where there is a large part of the conservative Protestant communities. In Urqua, the church regularly visits 94% of the population and one of six Dutch people across the country.

Vaccines are not allowed in the village of Urk because they are convinced that the life and death of one person are in the hands of God. According to the World Health Organization, the number of infections with this nearly eradicated disease has increased by 300% in 2018.


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