Health and welfare

Information about Ebola

At the moment, there is a worldwide concern about the outbreak of the Ebola virus, which to date primarily affects a number of West African countries. On August 8 2014 the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the situation a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The chances of introduction of the virus in The Netherlands are considered very small. Humans can only be contaminated through direct contact with blood or other body fluids of people or animals infected with the Ebola virus, who already show symptoms. The virus does not spread through the air. Unless there has been direct contact with body fluids of an infected person of animal, infection with the ebola virus is practically impossible.

People who have any symptoms like headache, fever and muscle ache within 3 weeks after having left any of the affected African countries should contact their general practitioner as soon as possible by phone and inform him/her about their visit travel history. When necessary, the Municipal Health Department will be informed and follow procedure.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advices not to travel to the affected countries. For the latest information visit the RIVM.