The four countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands reached an agreement on combating cross-border infectious diseases, and the control of bacteriological, radiological and chemical incidents. The countries will cooperate to meet the requirements of the International Health Regulation (IHR), the Dutch cabinet announced this week.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is building an imitation Ebola clinic in an old factory building in Slotervaart. This will be used as a training center for new employees who will be sent to Ebola infected countries in West Africa
Dutch nationals in West African countries where the ebola virus has broken out have been asked to register themselves at the embassy. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called for this measure due to the speed with which the virus is spreading, the NOS reports.
The first day of Q-fever examinations has begun in Herpen, which has drawn a large number of people to get their blood tested.
The number of new reports of measles is halved the last week compared to the previous week. Last week there were 64 new cases. The week before, that number was still 127. These figures were published on Thursday by the RIVM.
Since May the Netherlands has seen a growing number of measles patients. In total, since May 1226 people were infected with the disease, mostly children between 4 and 12 years.
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 influenza epidemic that rages in the Netherlands for 16 weeks is the longest epidemic the country had in 20 years. Research institute Nivel announced that today.