It was just another church exchange — a few members of the Reformed Congregation of North America in Chilliwack, B.C., visiting their brethren in Holland in January, as they've done so many times before.
This time, however, they arrived in the middle of a small measles outbreak in the country. And the members of the Reformed Congregation of North America don't believe in vaccinations.
By the end of March, there were 320 cases of the disease in B.C. The outbreak started at the church's Mount Cheam Christian School and spread through the community from there.
It's one of several outbreaks that have cropped up across the country this year, sounding the alarm on what was once considered a childhood disease now virtually wiped out by advances in vaccinations.