Nigerian blue helmet treated in the Netherlands declared cured

(credit / Utrecht Hospital)
A bed from the isolation beds at Utrecht Major Emergency Hospital (credit/Utrecht Hospital)

(B2) The military Nigerian with Ebola virus, cared for at the specialist hospital in Utrecht, was declared cured Friday (December 19). Specific laboratory tests, carried out at Erasmus Hospital and the Bernhard Noch Institute in Hamburg, confirmed that he was no longer contagious.

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Member of the force of Peace United Nations in Liberia, the man had been urgently repatriated to the Netherlands, since December 6, at the request of the WHO, the World Health Organization, according to the system set up at European level to receive the sick of Ebola, members of NGOs or international forces present in the contaminated countries. He is the first Ebola patient to be admitted to the Netherlands for humanitarian reasons.

While awaiting his repatriation, he has been transfered at the military hospital central utrecht. The health of staff concerned will be tested during the 3 next weeks, in accordance with the protocol in force, it is specified to the Dutch Ministry of Health.

The "Calamiteitenhospitaal” of Utrecht – hospital center for major accidents – is a specialized platform, created between the central military hospital and the university medical hospital of Utrecht, for exceptional emergency situations, in the event of major disasters. In particular, it makes it possible to accommodate highly contagious patients.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).