The number of people suffering from cardiovascular disease in the Netherlands will increase by more than half a million by 2040. In that year 1.4 Dutch people will have had a heart attack or stroke or will be suffering from heart failure, compared to 850 thousand in 2011, according to calculations public health institute RIVM did for the Heart Foundation
Last year the number of patients with diseases transmitted by wild rodents more than tripled compared to previous years. This mostly involves Leptospirosis, 97 patients last year instead of the average of 30, and Hantavirus infections, 36 patients instead of the usual annual average of
The National Institute for Public Health and Environment, the RIVM, has decided to quarantine every asylum seeker visiting a hospital and screen them for MRSA. This decision was made after the dreaded hospital bacteria was found in a few refugees in asylum centers in Weert and the provinces of Drenthe and Groningen.
Tens of thousands of heart attacks and strokes can be prevented in the coming years by simply making processed foods less salty, or replacing them with low-salt alternatives.
Tampering with diesel vehicles' emissions, such as was done in the so-called Volkswagen diesel scandal, is the reason that the Netherlands is not meeting the European standards for air quality. It is also responsible for the shorter life-spans of people living near busy motorways.
State Secretary Martin van Rijn (Health) is intensifying the rules for the use of e-cigarettes to prevent young people having easy access to it. New rules will include an age restriction of 18 years for purchasing an e-cigarette, including e-cigarettes that do not contain nicotine. There will also be stricter requirements for the ingredients in e-cigarette liquid.
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has confirmed that the patient who was recently admitted to Erasmus MC with Ebola symptoms, is not infected with the virus. This has been determined by the results of specific tests.
The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) is going to use portable devices to take air samples to help inspectors determine whether the smoking ban has been violated.
On Thursday the Ministry of Defense released over 500 documents relating to the issues surrounding chrome paint.
The National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) has alerted GPs, specialists and Municipal Health Services (GGD's) to the threat of Ebola, and asks them to keep an eye on people with fevers, as this could warrant an Ebola check, the Algemeen Dagblad reports today.
The first case of MERS in the Netherlands was reported today in a joint statement issued by the Erasmus MC and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The patient is said to have been “infected during a visit to Saudi Arabia,” according to the statement. Local reports in the Netherlands say the patient had visited Mecca and Medina.