Two hospitals in Wallonia have reported at least 30 cases of measles infections since the start of the year, raising concerns of a possible outbreak in the region.
A new case of infection reported on Tuesday brings the count of legionella patients up to 24, as regional authorities narrow down their search for the source of the sudden outbreak, ongoing for weeks near Ghent.
A new code giving "step by step" guidance to medical practitioners dealing with victims of sexual assault has been jointly published by Belgium’s Medical College and by the federal institute for gender equality.
A school in Maldegem in East Flanders that was closed by the town's mayor after the discovery of asbestos is likely to remain closed for two weeks, mayor Bart Van Hulle said.
Federal health minister Maggie De Block has announced the date for the change to neutral packaging for cigarettes and rolling tobacco. The measure will come into force on 1 January 2020.

Another legionella case reported

Thursday, 16 May 2019 16:50
Another legionella patient has been admitted to a hospital near Ghent, bringing the total count of known cases of the outbreak —which has already claimed two lives— up to 18.
An outbreak of the disease legionella in Evergem by Ghent has claimed a second victim, with the death yesterday of a 70-year-old man, a former worker at the Volvo motor plant in Ghent.
Belgians’ are four times less likely to survive a cardiac arrest than their German, Dutch and Scandinavian counterparts, due to a lack of knowledge of how to assist somebody in such a scenario.
Consumer protection organisation Test-Achats has issued a crushing report on homoeopathic remedies, describing it as “unacceptable” that the remedies are allowed to be described by practitioners as “medication”.

One dead in Ghent legionella outbreak

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 08:24
One person has died from legionella Evergem, near Ghent, after health authorities declared an outbreak of the bacteria in the region which accelerated at the weekend.