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Volume 15, Number 8—August 2009

Response to Imported Case of Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever, the Netherlands

Aura TimenComments to Author , Marion P.G. Koopmans, Ann C.T.M. Vossen, Gerard J.J. van Doornum, Stephan Günther, Franchette van den Berkmortel, Kees M. Verduin, Sabine Dittrich, Petra Emmerich, Albert D.M.E. Osterhaus, Jaap T. van Dissel, and Roel A. Coutinho1
Author affiliations: National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, the Netherlands (A. Timen, M.P.G. Koopmans, S. Dittrich, R.A Coutinho); Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands (M.P.G. Koopmans, A.C.T.M. Vossen, J.T. van Dissel); University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (M.P.G. Koopmans, G.J.J. van Doornum, A.D.M.E. Osterhaus); Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany (S. Gunther, P. Emmerich); Elkerliek Hospital, Helmond, the Netherlands (F. van den Berkmortel, K.M. Verduin); St. P.A.M.M., Veldhoven, the Netherlands (K.M. Verduin); Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (R.A. Coutinho); European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Stockholm, Sweden (S. Dittrich)

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Control measures targeting contacts with risk for exposure to Marburg virus, the Netherlands, 2008*

Type of contactDate of exposure, JulNo. personsRisk for exposureMeasures
Temperature monitoring
2×/dayDaily temperature reporting to health authoritiesAsked to limit travel and to not leave the country
Household/family contacts2–84HighYesYesYes
Persons exposed in hospital ward5–76HighYesYesYes
GP of the index case-patient51HighYesYesYes
Healthcare workers, Elkerliek Hospital733HighYesYesYes
Local laboratory workers5–718HighYesYesYes
Ambulance staff72LowYesNoNo
Health care workers, LUMC7–1166LowYesNoNo

*GP, general practitioner; LUMC, Leiden University Medical Centre.

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1On behalf of the national response team.
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