[Rushtalk] Germany: Infectious Diseases Spreading as Migrants Settle In

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Thu Oct 5 19:42:43 MDT 2017


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>> Germany: Infectious Diseases Spreading as Migrants Settle In
>>
>> *by Soeren Kern <https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/author/Soeren+Kern>*
>> *July 14, 2017 at 5:00 am*
>>
>> *https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10676/germany-migrants-infectious*
>>
>>
>> A new report by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the federal 
>> government's central institution for monitoring and preventing 
>> diseases, confirms an across-the-board increase in disease since 
>> 2015, when Germany took in an unprecedented number of migrants.
>>
>>
>>   * Some doctors say the actual number of cases of tuberculosis is
>>     far higher than the official figures suggest and have accused the
>>     RKI of downplaying the threat in an effort to avoid fueling
>>     anti-immigration sentiments.
>>   * "Around 700,000 to 800,000 applications for asylum were submitted
>>     and 300,000 refugees have disappeared. Have they been checked? Do
>>     they come from the high-risk countries?" — Carsten Boos,
>>     orthopedic surgeon, interview with /Focus/ magazine.
>>
>> A failed asylum seeker from Yemen who was given sanctuary at a church 
>> in northern Germany to prevent him from being deported has 
>> potentially infected 
>> <https://www.shz.de/lokales/eckernfoerder-zeitung/tuberkulose-weitere-kinder-betroffen-id17106331.html> 
>> more than 50 German children with a highly contagious strain of 
>> tuberculosis.
>>
>>
>> The man, who was sheltered at a church in Bünsdorf between January 
>> and May 2017, was in frequent contact with the children, some as 
>> young as three, who were attending a day care center at the facility. 
>> He was admitted to a hospital in Rendsburg in June and subsequently 
>> diagnosed with tuberculosis — a disease which only recently has 
>> reentered the German consciousness.
>>
>>
>> Local health authorities say that in addition to the children, 
>> parents and teachers as well as parishioners are also being tested 
>> for the disease, which can develop months or even years after 
>> exposure. It remains unclear if the man received the required medical 
>> exams when he first arrived in Germany, or if he is one of the 
>> hundreds of thousands of migrants who have slipped through the cracks.
>>
>>
>> The tuberculosis scare has cast a renewed spotlight on the increased 
>> risk of infectious diseases in Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel 
>> allowed in around two million migrants from Africa, Asia and the 
>> Middle East.
>>
>>
>> A new report by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the federal 
>> government's central institution for monitoring and preventing 
>> diseases, confirms 
>> <http://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Infekt/Jahrbuch/Jahrbuecher/2016.html?nn=2374622> 
>> an across-the-board increase in disease since 2015, when Germany took 
>> in an unprecedented number of migrants.
>>
>>
>> The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Annual Report 
>> <http://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Infekt/Jahrbuch/Jahrbuecher/2016.html?nn=2374622> 
>> — which was published on July 12, 2017 and provides data on the 
>> status of more than 50 infectious diseases in Germany during 2016 — 
>> offers the first glimpse into the public health consequences of the 
>> massive influx of migrants in late 2015.
>>
>>
>> The report shows increased incidences in Germany of adenoviral 
>> conjunctivitis, botulism, chicken pox, cholera, cryptosporidiosis, 
>> dengue fever, echinococcosis, enterohemorrhagic E. coli, giardiasis, 
>> haemophilus influenza, Hantavirus, hepatitis, hemorrhagic fever, 
>> HIV/AIDS, leprosy, louse-borne relapsing fever, malaria, measles, 
>> meningococcal disease, meningoencephalitis, mumps, paratyphoid, 
>> rubella, shigellosis, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, trichinellosis, 
>> tuberculosis, tularemia, typhus and whooping cough.
>>
>>
>> Germany has — so far at least — escaped the worst-case scenario: most 
>> of the tropical and exotic diseases brought into the country by 
>> migrants have been contained; there have no mass outbreaks among the 
>> general population. More common diseases, however, many of which are 
>> directly or indirectly linked to mass migration, are on the rise, 
>> according to the report.
>>
>>
>> The incidence of Hepatitis B, for example, has increased by 300% 
>> during the last three years, according to the RKI. The number of 
>> reported cases in Germany was 3,006 in 2016, up from 755 cases in 
>> 2014. Most of the cases are said to involve unvaccinated migrants 
>> from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The incidence of measles in Germany 
>> jumped by more than 450% between 2014 and 2015, while the number of 
>> cases of chicken pox, meningitis, mumps, rubella and whooping cough 
>> were also up. Migrants also accounted for at least 40% of the new 
>> cases of HIV/AIDS identified in Germany since 2015, according 
>> <http://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Infekt/EpidBull/Archiv/2016/Ausgaben/38_16.html> 
>> to a separate RKI report.
>>
>>
>> The RKI statistics may be just the tip of the iceberg. The number of 
>> reported cases of tuberculosis, for example, was 5,915 in 2016, up 
>> from 4,488 cases in 2014, an increase of more than 30% during that 
>> period. Some doctors, however, believe that the actual number of 
>> cases of tuberculosis is far higher and have accused the RKI of 
>> downplaying the threat in an effort to avoid fueling anti-immigration 
>> sentiments.
>>
>>
>> In an interview 
>> <http://www.focus.de/gesundheit/ratgeber/seltenekrankheiten/steigendes-tuberkulose-risiko-mediziner-fuerchtet-bundesinstitut-verschweigt-ansteckungsgefahr-durch-fluechtlinge_id_5466971.html> 
>> with /Focus/, Carsten Boos, an orthopedic surgeon, warned that German 
>> authorities have lost track of hundreds of thousands of migrants who 
>> may be infected. He added that 40% of all tuberculosis pathogens are 
>> multidrug-resistant and therefore inherently dangerous to the general 
>> population:
>>
>>
>> "When asylum seekers come from countries with a high risk for 
>> tuberculosis infections, the RKI, as the highest German body for 
>> infection protection, should not downplay the danger. Is a federal 
>> institute using political correctness to conceal the unpleasant reality?
>>
>>
>> "The media reports that in 2015, the federal police registered about 
>> 1.1 million refugees. Around 700,000 to 800,000 applications for 
>> asylum were submitted and 300,000 refugees have disappeared. Have 
>> they been checked? Do they come from the high risk countries?
>>
>>
>> "One has the impression that in the RKI the left hand does not know 
>> what the right one is doing."
>>
>>
>> <image001.jpg>
>>
>>
>> Joachim Gauck, then Germany's president, speaks to doctors in the 
>> infirmary of a reception center for migrants on August 26, 2015 in 
>> Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany. (Photo by Jesco Denzel/Bundesregierung 
>> via Getty Images)
>>
>>
>>
>> German newspapers have published a flurry of articles about the 
>> public health dimension of the migrant crisis. The articles often 
>> quote medical professionals with first-hand experience of treating 
>> migrants. Many admit that mass migration has increased the risk of 
>> infectious diseases in Germany. Headlines include:
>>
>>
>> "Refugees Often Bring Unknown Diseases to the Host Country 
>> <http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wissen/medizin-ernaehrung/fluechtlinge-bringen-haeufig-im-gastland-unbekannte-krankheiten-mit-14454679.html>"; 
>> "Refugees Bring Rare Diseases to Berlin 
>> <https://www.gesundheitsstadt-berlin.de/fluechtlinge-bringen-seltene-erkrankungen-mit-10329/>"; 
>> Refugees in Hesse: Return of Rare Diseases 
>> <http://www.faz.net/aktuell/rhein-main/rueckkehr-seltener-krankheiten-in-hessen-durch-fluechtlinge-13765465.html>"; 
>> "Refugees Often Bring Unknown Diseases to Germany 
>> <https://politikstube.com/fluechtlinge-schleppen-haeufig-unbekannte-krankheiten-nach-deutschland-ein/>"; 
>> "Experts: Refugees Bring 'Forgotten' Diseases 
>> <https://www.shz.de/deutschland-welt/panorama/experten-fluechtlinge-bringen-vergessene-krankheiten-mit-id12922611.html>"; 
>> "Three Times More Hepatitis-B Cases in Bavaria 
>> <https://www.bayernkurier.de/inland/16845-dreimal-mehr-hepatitis-b-faelle-in-bayern/>"; 
>> "Cases of Tapeworm in Germany Increased by More than 30% 
>> <https://philosophia-perennis.com/2017/04/24/bandwurmbefall-fluechtlinge/>"; 
>> "Infectious Disease: Refugees Bring Tuberculosis 
>> <http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/wissenschaft/Fluechtlinge-bringen-Tuberkulose-id39070832.html>"; 
>> "Tuberculosis in Germany is on the Rise Again, Especially in the Big 
>> Cities: Caused by Migration and Poverty 
>> <http://www.focus.de/gesundheit/news/migration-und-armut-tuberkulosefaelle-in-deutschland-nehmen-wieder-zu-vor-allem-in-den-grossstaedten_id_6822805.html>"; 
>> "Refugees Are Bringing Tuberculosis 
>> <http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/wissenschaft/Fluechtlinge-bringen-Tuberkulose-id39070832.html>"; 
>> More Diseases in Germany: Tuberculosis is Back 
>> <https://www.morgenpost.de/web-wissen/gesundheit/article207275645/Mehr-Erkrankungen-in-Deutschland-Die-Tuberkulose-ist-zurueck.html>"; 
>> "Medical Practitioner Fears Tuberculosis Risk due to Refugee Wave 
>> <http://www.focus.de/gesundheit/ratgeber/seltenekrankheiten/steigendes-tuberkulose-risiko-mediziner-fuerchtet-bundesinstitut-verschweigt-ansteckungsgefahr-durch-fluechtlinge_id_5466971.html>"; 
>> "Significantly More Tuberculosis in Baden-Württemberg: Migrants often 
>> Affected 
>> <http://www.focus.de/gesundheit/news/viele-migranten-betroffen-deutlich-mehr-tuberkulose-erkrankungen-in-baden-wuerttemberg_id_7119076.html>"; 
>> "Expert: Refugee Policy to Blame for Measles Outbreak 
>> <http://www.huffingtonpost.de/2015/02/13/fluchtlinge-masern-gesundheit_n_6677050.html>"; 
>> "Scabies on the Rise in North Rhine-Westphalia 
>> <http://www.rp-online.de/nrw/panorama/kraetze-in-nrw-ansteckende-krankheit-auf-dem-vormarsch-aid-1.6426497>"; 
>> "Almost Forgotten Diseases Like Scabies Return to Bielefeld 
>> <http://www.nw.de/lokal/bielefeld/mitte/mitte/21545339_Fast-vergessene-Krankheiten-wie-die-Kraetze-kommen-nach-Bielefeld-zurueck.html>"; 
>> "Do You Come into Contact with Refugees? You Should Pay Attention 
>> <https://www.impfen.de/news/sie-haben-kontakt-mit-fluechtlingen-das-sollten-sie-beachten/>"; 
>> and "Refugees: A Wide Range of Disorders 
>> <http://www.aerztezeitung.de/politik_gesellschaft/gp_specials/fluechtlinge/article/910396/fluechtlinge-breites-spektrum-erkrankungen.html>."
>>
>>
>> At the height of the migrant crisis in October 2015, Michael Melter, 
>> the chief physician at the University Hospital Regensburg, reported 
>> <https://www.welt.de/politik/video147804092/Krankheiten-die-ich-seit-20-Jahren-nicht-gesehen-habe.html> 
>> that migrants were arriving at his hospital with illnesses that are 
>> hardly ever seen in Germany. "Some of the ailments I have not seen 
>> for 20 or 25 years," he said, "and many of my younger colleagues have 
>> actually never seen them."
>>
>>
>> Marc Schreiner, director of international relations for the German 
>> Hospital Federation (/Deutschen Krankenhausgesellschaft/), echoed 
>> <https://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article147170095/Kliniken-klagen-ueber-Belastung-durch-Fluechtlinge.html> 
>> Melter's concerns:
>>
>>
>> "In the clinics, it is becoming increasingly common to see patients 
>> with diseases that were considered to have been eradicated in 
>> Germany, such as scabies. These diseases must reliably be diagnosed, 
>> which is a challenge."
>>
>>
>> Christoph Lange, a tuberculosis expert at the Research Center 
>> Borstel, said 
>> <http://www.sueddeutsche.de/gesundheit/infektionsmedizin-kranke-fluechtlinge-sind-keine-gefahr-fuer-die-bevoelkerung-1.2954388> 
>> that German doctors were unfamiliar with many of the diseases 
>> imported by migrants: "It would be useful if tropical diseases and 
>> other diseases that are rare in our lives played a bigger role in the 
>> training of physicians."
>>
>>
>> The German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic 
>> Diseases recently held a five-day symposium in Hamburg to help 
>> medical practitioners diagnose diseases which are rarely seen in 
>> Germany. Those include:
>>
>>
>> § *Louse-borne relapsing fever (LBRF)*: During the past two years, at 
>> least 48 people in Germany were diagnosed with LBRF, a disease that 
>> was unheard of in the country before the migration crisis in 2015, 
>> according 
>> <http://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Infekt/Jahrbuch/Jahrbuecher/2016.html?nn=2374622> 
>> to the RKI report. The disease, which is transmitted by clothing 
>> lice, has been prevalent among migrants from East Africa who have 
>> been travelling for months to reach Germany on a single set of 
>> clothes. "We had all forgotten about LBRF," said 
>> <https://www.shz.de/deutschland-welt/panorama/experten-fluechtlinge-bringen-vergessene-krankheiten-mit-id12922611.html> 
>> Hans Jäger, a Munich-based doctor. "It has a mortality rate of up to 
>> 40% if it is not recognized and not treated with antibiotics. The 
>> symptoms are like in malaria: fever, headache, skin rash."
>>
>>
>> § *Lassa fever*: In February 2016, a patient who had been infected in 
>> Togo, West Africa, was treated and died 
>> <http://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Infekt/Jahrbuch/Jahrbuecher/2016.html?nn=2374622> 
>> in Germany. After his death, a Lassa virus infection was confirmed in 
>> another person who had professional contact with the corpse of the 
>> deceased. The person was treated at an isolation facility and 
>> survived the disease. This was the first documented transmission of 
>> the Lassa virus in Germany.
>>
>>
>> § *Dengue fever*: Nearly a thousand people were diagnosed 
>> <http://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Infekt/Jahrbuch/Jahrbuecher/2016.html?nn=2374622> 
>> with dengue fever, a mosquito-borne tropical disease, in Germany 
>> during 2016. This is up 25% from 2014, when 755 people were diagnosed 
>> with the disease.
>>
>>
>> § *Malaria*: The number of people diagnosed 
>> <http://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Infekt/Jahrbuch/Jahrbuecher/2016.html?nn=2374622> 
>> with malaria jumped sharply in 2014 (1,007) and 2015 (1,063), but 
>> declined slightly in 2016 (970). Most of those affected contracted 
>> the disease in Africa, particularly from Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and 
>> Togo.
>>
>>
>> § *Echinococcosis*: Between 2014 and 2016, more than 200 people in 
>> Germany have been diagnosed 
>> <http://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Infekt/Jahrbuch/Jahrbuecher/2016.html?nn=2374622> 
>> with echinococcosis, a tapeworm infection. This represents in an 
>> increase 
>> <https://philosophia-perennis.com/2017/04/24/bandwurmbefall-fluechtlinge/> 
>> of around 30%. Those affected contracted the disease in Afghanistan, 
>> Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, Iraq, Macedonia, Morocco, Syria and Turkey.
>>
>>
>> § *Diphtheria*: Between 2014 and 2016, more than 30 people in Germany 
>> have been diagnosed 
>> <http://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Infekt/Jahrbuch/Jahrbuecher/2016.html?nn=2374622> 
>> with diphtheria. Those affected contracted the disease in Ethiopia, 
>> Eritrea, Libya, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
>>
>>
>> § *Scabies*: Between 2013 and 2016, the number of people diagnosed 
>> with scabies in North Rhine-Westphalia jumped 
>> <http://www.rp-online.de/nrw/panorama/kraetze-in-nrw-ansteckende-krankheit-auf-dem-vormarsch-aid-1.6426497> 
>> by nearly 3,000%.
>>
>>
>> Meanwhile, Germany currently is in the throes of a *measles* outbreak 
>> that health authorities have linked 
>> <http://www.focus.de/regional/essen/krankheiten-immer-mehr-menschen-in-duisburg-und-essen-haben-masern_id_7208968.html> 
>> to immigration from Romania. Around 700 people in Germany have been 
>> diagnosed with measles during the first six months of 2017, compared 
>> with 323 cases in all of 2016, according 
>> <http://www.focus.de/regional/essen/krankheiten-immer-mehr-menschen-in-duisburg-und-essen-haben-masern_id_7208968.html> 
>> to the Robert Koch Institute. The measles outbreak has spread to all 
>> of Germany's 16 federal states except 
>> <https://www.svz.de/regionales/mecklenburg-vorpommern/mv-2017-als-einziges-land-masernfrei-id16913116.html> 
>> one, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a state with a very low migrant population.
>>
>>
>> The epicenter of the measles crisis is in North Rhine-Westphalia 
>> (NRW), Germany's most populous state and also the state with the 
>> highest number of migrants. Nearly 500 people have been diagnosed 
>> <http://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de/news/panorama/Medien-Zahl-der-Masern-Infektionen-in-NRW-steigt-weiter-an-article3598733.html> 
>> with measles in NRW during the first six months of 2017; most of the 
>> cases have been reported in Duisburg and Essen, where a 37-year-old 
>> mother of three children died 
>> <https://www.waz.de/staedte/essen/masern-37-jahre-alte-mutter-in-essen-gestorben-id210664199.html> 
>> from the disease in May. Outbreaks of measles have also been reported 
>> in Berlin 
>> <http://www.berliner-zeitung.de/berlin/masern-welle-in-berlin-wer-nach-1970-geboren-ist--sollte-sich-dringend-impfen-lassen-25750122>, 
>> Cologne, Dresden, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Frankfurt, where a 
>> nine-month-old baby was diagnosed 
>> <http://www.bild.de/regional/frankfurt/masern/baby-an-masern-erkrankt-50296672.bild.html> 
>> with the disease.
>>
>>
>> On June 1, 2017, the German Parliament approved 
>> <http://dipbt.bundestag.de/extrakt/ba/WP18/788/78838.html> a 
>> controversial new law that requires kindergartens to inform German 
>> authorities if parents fail to provide evidence that they have 
>> consulted a doctor about vaccinating their children. Parents who 
>> refuse to comply face a fine of €2,500 ($2,850). "We cannot be 
>> indifferent to the fact that people are still dying of measles," said 
>> <http://www.zeit.de/wissen/gesundheit/2017-05/masern-impfung-impfberatung-geldstrafe-hermann-groehe> 
>> German Health Minister Hermann Gröhe. "That's why we are tightening 
>> up regulations on vaccination."
>>
>>
>> Some say the new law does not go far enough; they are calling 
>> <http://www.zeit.de/wissen/gesundheit/2017-05/impfpflicht-kinder-impfen-risiken-fahrlaessigkeit> 
>> for vaccinations to be made compulsory for everyone in Germany. 
>> Others say the law goes too far and infringes on privacy protections 
>> guaranteed by the German constitution; they add that parents, not the 
>> government, should decide what is best for their children. The 
>> fallout from Chancellor Merkel's open-door migration policy continues.
>>
>>
>>
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