Again More Measles Infections

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The number of measles infections has risen again. There are now 466 cases of measles reported and that are 145 more than last week. Compared to last week, there are 5 new hospitalizations added.

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has signals that in reality there are many more people sick. That's because not everyone visits the doctor.

The measles epidemic is concentrated in the so-called Bible Belt. There are many people of Reformed denomination who don’t go for vaccination because of their faith.


The number of cases of rubella has also risen. There are now 50 reported infections. Last week there were 11 more. All these cases are linked to a reformatory school in the Dutch-Central region.

To our knowledge, all those who are now infected with rubella are not vaccinated. Of the people who are infected with measles, 95 percent is not vaccinated, says the RIVM.

Most patients with measles are between 4 and 12 years. This is also the case for rubella, but there is one case of a 39-year-old who is infected.