Retrospective evaluation of control measures for contacts of patient with Marburg hemorrhagic fever

Aura Timen, Leslie D Isken, Patricia Willemse, Franchette van den Berkmortel, Marion P G Koopmans, Danielle E C van Oudheusden, Chantal P Bleeker-Rovers, Annemarie E Brouwer, Richard P T M Grol, Marlies E J L Hulscher, Jaap T van Dissel

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After an imported case of Marburg hemorrhagic fever was reported in 2008 in the Netherlands, control measures to prevent transmission were implemented. To evaluate consequences of these measures, we administered a structured questionnaire to 130 contacts classified as either having high-risk or low-risk exposure to body fluids of the case-patient; 77 (59.2%) of 130 contacts responded. A total of 67 (87.0%) of 77 respondents agreed that temperature monitoring and reporting was necessary, significantly more often among high-risk than low-risk contacts (p<0.001). Strict compliance with daily temperature monitoring decreased from 80.5% (62/77) during week 1 to 66.2% (51/77) during week 3. Contacts expressed concern about development of Marburg hemorrhagic fever (58.4%, 45/77) and infecting a family member (40.2%, 31/77). High-risk contacts had significantly higher scores on psychological impact scales (p<0.001) during and after the monitoring period. Public health authorities should specifically address consequences of control measures on the daily life of contacts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1107-14
Number of pages8
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Contact Tracing
  • Female
  • Health Personnel/psychology
  • Humans
  • Infection Control/methods
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional/prevention & control
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Marburg Virus Disease/prevention & control
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult


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