Infectious diseases are the main cause of all acute diseases. They usually cause short-term symptoms such as headache, a cold, nausea or diarrhoea.
Infectious diseases are caused by biological agents such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. A well-known bacterial infection is tuberculosis. A common virus is the flu. Infectious diseases are transmitted by people, animals, food, the air and other means.
At work, you run the risk of becoming infected, particularly through contact with ill colleagues or patients. Your health may be at risk in that case. On this website you can find what you can do to prevent infectious diseases and how your OHS advisor, the UMCs and the government help you with this. The translation of this topic on Dokterhoe is not finished yet.
For up-to-date information on the management of potential Ebola patients and risks for health professionals can be found on the RIVM website.