Netherlands Bible Belt experiences measles outbreak

The Netherlands religious community is experiencing an outbreak of measles. – Measles outbreak reaches 161 cases, five children hospitalised.

Largely affecting children aged 4 to 12 who attend orthodox Protestant schools. Many of the country’s strict Protestant communities do not vaccinate their children on religious grounds.

Called “Bijbelgordel“, the Bible belt area of the Netherlands is named after the Bible Belt of the U.S. where the emphasis is on traditional values, eschewing liberal notions. They have a preference for large families. With the anti-vaccination sentiment, it’s not surprising that a vaccine preventable illness is spreading and becoming serious.

Tip: Bob Blaskiewicz

  5 comments for “Netherlands Bible Belt experiences measles outbreak

  1. Joni
    July 2, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Kindof makes one wonder if “they”, anti-vaxers, aren’t actually trying to prove Darwin’s survival of the fittest notion…… seems somehow counter productive from that point of view..

  2. July 2, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Darwin’s idea was that some species adapt to changes of environment, others do not , completely by chance. This was not really the survival of the ‘fittest’. Fundamentalist groups will therefore either change or become extinct. Probably an even bet.

  3. J
    July 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Sounds more like they’re ‘testing their faith’ by letting everyone remain open to to harm, and those that do get harmed are evidently unworthy or some such thing. I wonder how many of those followers are beating themselves for succor, just in case? Because, you know, even an omnipotent being gets lonely.

  4. Shooter
    July 3, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    If you ask me this site takes cheap shots. I don’t see any comment on the Muslim areas of the Netherlands that practice inbreeding and bring their diseases and backwardness to the first world. Any comment on that, or is that unscientific?

  5. snoma
    July 3, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    What do you mean by “this site”? If you got any scienitific studies you can link to, to prove your claim, you’re free to do so.

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