Approximately three hundred people from the region of Hengelo is to be tested for tuberculosis (tb). The research is set up after a student of the ROC of Twente infectious pulmonary tuberculosis were identified. The Hengeloër is in treatment and no longer infectious for his or her environment, thus GGD Twente.
In the last period is a rich source – and contactonderzoek started. About 150 people from the immediate environment of the student are already being tested. This month, a further 140 to 150 people were examined. “People who have a tuberculosebesmetting is found, are not infectious for their environment,” reports the public health service.
Tb is caused by a bacteria in the lungs. A patient infected others through coughing and sneezing. Someone may for a long time already are infected without getting sick, and in that time others also infect. Who gets sick must be a lot of coughing, is tired, has a fever and lack of appetite. In the Netherlands receive annually about eight hundred people tb.
The ROC of Twente to let you know that a student of the legal training of the location of the Foundry in Hengelo, the infectious disease has suffered. “Have you no letter was received, you belong not to the target of the investigation”, reported the school to the students.
According to RTV Oost is the first study of the public health service showed that 44 people have been infected and six of them are actually the non-contagious form of tb.
Less and less patients with tb in the Netherlands
The number of tuberculosis patients in the Netherlands decreased in 2017 for the first time since the start of the measurements in 1950 under the eight hundred. According to the national Institute for public Health and the Environment (RIVM), was for the 787 infections. The figures for 2018 are not yet known.
The majority of the infected patients, almost three-quarters, comes from African and Asian countries. On these continents, the disease is still widespread. Asylum seekers and immigrants from these countries when they arrive in the Netherlands controlled the disease.
To 2014, the number of tb patients in the Netherlands, on average, by about 4 percent steadily. In the two years since then, the number of infections, however. This was a result of the large influx of refugees.