Dr. Els van Schie has been appointed RIVM Director of Environment and Safety as from 1 February 2015. She will succeed Dr. Marcel van Raaij and interim director Dr. Jan Roels, and brings to RIVM valuable knowledge and experience on environment and safety.
RIVM has developed a new version of QMRAspot (2.0), a user-friendly computational tool to calculate the risk of becoming infected by pathogenic microorganisms in drinking water. In addition, RIVM has published a user’s manual that also explains the underlying models for the tool.
At least 20 million adults in Europe are annoyed by transportation noise in agglomerations, from motorways, airports or railways. The majority of the noise annoyance and 90 percent of the burden of disease of environmental noise are related to the exposure to road traffic noise. This is the outcome of a RIVM report compiled for the European Commission.
The Statistical Program to Assess Dietary Exposure (SPADE), developed by RIVM, is now available. SPADE estimates the habitual intake distribution for foods or dietary components based on information of intake, measured on a limited number of days.
The patient, who was admitted in the Radboud univerisity medical center over the past few days because of a suspected Ebola infection, was proven not to be infected. This has been demonstrated by the definitive results from the specific tests.
Ebola is a rare and serious infectious disease that occurs in Africa and is accompanied by bleeding in the body. Since February, there has been an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The disease can be contracted only through direct physical contact with a patient or as a result of slaughtering and eating a sick animal. If contaminated, there is a considerable risk of dying.
The Dutch Food Composition Database (NEVO) contains data on the composition of foods and dishes eaten frequently by a large part of the Dutch population. NEVO online 2013 contains data on 2194 food items.
The website 'RIVM top projects' showcases the complexity and innovative nature of our work. RIVM stands at the centre of Dutch society working on projects ranging from health and well being in the city to food quality.