The coronavirus is now referred to as a so-called A disease, several Dutch media write on Monday evening based on a letter from Parliament Bruno Bruins for Medical Care. He has been advised by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) to scale up to the highest level of vigilance.
The measure gives healthcare professionals a direct reporting obligation if there are indications that a patient may be carrying the virus. In this way, the government wants to see possible patients as quickly as possible in order to prevent further spread.
Potentially infected people can be forced into hospital or placed in isolation. For healthcare professionals, all alarm bells must sound if a patient with a fever has a temperature of at least 38 degrees Celsius and shows at least two of the symptoms from the block below.
- A lung infiltrate
- Nasal colds
- Sore throat
No additional measures at Schiphol yet
According to the RIVM's so-called Outbreak Management Team (OMT), no additional measures are yet to be taken at Schiphol. Screening passengers or measuring their temperature, such as happens at international airports in the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong and a handful of other countries, is not forthcoming. Travelers from China must be well informed about potential risks.
Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it is investigating possibilities to help Dutch people leave the province of Hubei and the capital, Wuhan, which has been designated as the epicenter of the virus outbreak. At least twenty Dutch people would go to the province.
Other A diseases in the Netherlands
- MERS coronavirus
- SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)
- Viral haemorrhagic fever
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