17 year old unvaccinated girl dies of measles

We are sad to report that a previously healthy, but unvaccinated 17 year old has died of measles in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands has been suffering a measles outbreak in recent months, largely amongst a religious sect that refuse vaccination.

During the last outbreak amongst the same population, three people lost their lives to this preventable disease.

For more information click here for the news report and here for a paper from August 2013 that describes the current outbreak, and how despite the country having good vaccination rates, pockets of vaccine refusers can lead to outbreaks of preventable disease

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