Management of viral haemorrhagic fever in the Netherlands

Euro Surveill. 2002 Mar;7(3):48-50. doi: 10.2807/esm.07.03.00338-en.


Two cases of Lassa fever have been reported in the Netherlands since viral haemorrhagic fevers became notifiable diseases in 1978. In 1980, an expatriate from Burkina Faso who was not seriously ill was confirmed by laboratory tests after his discharge from hospital. The second case occurred in 2000: the patient died on the 11th day of admission to hospital. The problems we faced in the management of this case and the contact investigation--more than one hundred contacts - highlighted the need for national recommendations in the Netherlands.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Contact Tracing / trends
  • Disease Management*
  • Hemorrhagic Fevers, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Hemorrhagic Fevers, Viral / ethnology
  • Hemorrhagic Fevers, Viral / nursing
  • Hemorrhagic Fevers, Viral / transmission
  • Humans
  • Lassa Fever / diagnosis
  • Lassa Fever / epidemiology
  • Lassa Fever / nursing
  • Lassa Fever / transmission
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic