Human-to-human transmission of flu hits Netherlands
An 18-year-old woman and a toddler were infected with swine flu within Dutch borders, according to reports.Bilthoven – The first cases of swine flu transmitted within the Netherlands were reported on Monday, according to the public health institute, RIVM.
Other countries have already reported cases of secondary infections, but this is a new development for the Netherlands.
The 18-year-old woman and 18-month-old boy contracted the A(H1N1) virus separately from one another, the RIVM reports. The boy was infected by his father, who became ill after visiting the United States. The woman is reported to have contracted the virus from a colleague.
A total of 20 swine flu cases have been recorded in the Netherlands since the first case was reported in April. So far, none of the patients have required hospital treatment.
The RIVM and ministry of foreign affairs discourage any non-essential travel to high-risk countries, such as the United States or Mexico. If visitors to these countries develop airway problems and a fever of 38 degree Celsius or higher within a week of returning to the Netherlands, they should contact their primary doctor immediately.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica