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Measles in Netherlands (Update)

09 Jul 2013

The measles outbreak in the Dutch Bible Belt is ongoing and new cases have increased by around 40% in the last week. As of 4 July 2013, 230 cases have been recorded. Seven of the cases (6 children and one adult) have required treatment in hospital. The outbreak has now spread to a further 3 primary schools and one secondary school.

Advice for Travellers

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months, while unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.